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Write What You Don’t Know? Really?

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It’s a little late in my life as a writer for paradigm shifts, but two pieces I read this past week have me rethinking how I go about writing fiction. The first was Kaze’s “Facts, Schmacts” – on how telling … Read more »

Montaigne’s Tips for Bloggers: #1, Unruly Negligence

Portrait of Michel de Montaigne

I’ve been reading Sarah Bakewell’s recent biography of Michel de Montaigne, How To Live: or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer, an illuminating and entertaining read, but the chief effect of Bakewell’s book  has … Read more »

Writing Tips from Alan Arkin

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 Lately I’ve been reading Alan Arkin’s memoir An Improvised Life.  Arkin, now 77, has been a first-rate actor for a long time. Embedded in my memory are his performances as the Russian submarine captain in The Russians Are Coming, the … Read more »

The Latest in Writer’s-Block Remedies

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No sooner had I finished reading “Waiting for the Muse,” Ras’s entertaining piece on writers’ approaches to not writing, than I came across “A Cure for Writers Block,” by Laura Miller at Salon.com.  At the time, of course, I was surfing … Read more »

So René Descartes walks into a bar…

Caricature of Rene Descartes

Did you notice, in that post I wrote last week about the value of brainstorming your story ideas, that I slipped in a little test of your cultural expertise?  It was the post about how daunting it can be to … Read more »

Five Tips on How To Marry Mr. Darcy

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that blog posts should be short, easy to read, and packed with useful advice. A recent post titled “The Blogification of Writing Tips” by Livia Blackburne got me thinking about the whole n-tips approach … Read more »