Monthly Archives: September 2016

Writing Full-Time versus a Day Job

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The Rambling Writer quits teaching—well, almost… I knew from an early age that I would be a writer. I wrote my first (illustrated) science fiction story at six, and when my Grandma Sara played the card game “Authors” with me, I vowed to be a Real Author like Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe. So […]

Managing Relationships with Family while Writing About Them

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by Laurel Leigh  What should come first? Publishing your memoir or preserving family relationships? Sometimes writers feel they have to choose—on occasion, they do. We’ve all heard stories about what happened when the family flipped out over a memoir someone published. I am a rather reluctant memoirist. Frankly, it never occurred to me that I […]

Before the Edit

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by Virginia Herrick                                          For authors, editing pays. It pays in getting your message across, in the capacity to capture your readers’ attention, and in efficiency, time, and money. An unedited manuscript is generally something only a mother could love. And, yep, in this case you, Author Dearest, are “Mom.” So … what is editing? […]

BALANCE

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by Rob Slater Balance. When I hear that word I can’t help picturing the scene in The Highlander where Connor MacLeod is standing in a boat balancing a log with heavy rocks tied on each end as Ramirez (Sean Connery) rows out to the middle of a loch. B… A… L… A… N… C… E… […]