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Seventeen Steps to a Clean Copy

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“The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon,” Robert Cormier, author of The Chocolate War. The editing process can be intimidating. Like any art form, it’s also a craft that can be learned and improved with practice. My experience as managing editor of a medical journal… Read more »

SOMEDAY THIS WILL BE USEFUL TO YOU (AS A WRITER)

We’ve all heard it: Write what you know. Famous authors have made their careers writing novels and ongoing series about the worlds they work in, especially in the crime and thriller department. But you don’t have to be Kathy Reichs or Robert Ludlum to use your own life experience to enhance your writing. Scenery and Set Dressing. Searching for the… Read more »

SOMETHING NEW UNDER THE SUN: FRESH TAKES ON OLD TALES

It may be true that there are no truly original story ideas, but there are always new ways of looking at old subjects. From Romeo and Juliet in space to Snow White in Silicon Valley, retellings of classic legends and literature are a fascinating way to jump-start your imagination, continue storytelling traditions, and connect old tales with new audiences. The… Read more »