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Real-Life Happy Endings

Real-Life Happy Endings

No, this isn’t to be a blogpost about selling mega-copies of your latest book, nor about personal-life stuff like marriage proposals or lottery winnings. Rather, today I am on about finishing projects successfully.

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School Daze 2019

School Daze 2019

In many areas, students are getting ready to go back to school. Here in Palm Beach County, school starts up again on August 12. In my own childhood, up north, school never started till after Labor Day.

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Blending Voices

Blending Voices

Lately I’ve been working on writing a book with an associate who I also count as a friend. He invited me to help him with the project, which he’d already written a first draft of in very rough form, and we’ve been passing the manuscript back and forth, adding to it, deleting from it, making other changes large and small to the words and descriptions, resolving plotholes, and rearranging chapters.

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The Tower Of Babel

The Tower Of Babel

When my mother was in high school, many decades ago, she was compelled to learn Latin. By the time of my own high school years—also long ago—Latin was no longer compulsory, but it was still offered.

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Divided By A Common Language

Divided By A Common Language

Who said, “The U.S. and Great Britain are two nations divided by a common language”? This oft-repeated and unquestionably true saying has been variously attributed to Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, and Winston Churchill. In truth, they may all have said it at one time or another, though who said it FIRST, who ORIGINATED the saying, is an entirely different question. It is, however, one we need not answer here. (For my readers who are left wondering, it couldn’t have been Churchill; Wilde and Shaw preceded him considerably. But let us get back to the thrust of this blogpost.)

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Can You Handle Deadline Pressure?

Can You Handle Deadline Pressure?

Some people still have a mistaken idea of the writing life. They envision a writer curled up in the corner of her couch, laptop in lap, leisurely writing. Or perhaps she’s sitting alongside a babbling brook, drawing inspiration from nature as she pens what she hopes will be her best-seller.

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Writing Bug Or Writer’s Block?

Writing Bug Or Writer’s Block?

Do you have the urge to write? Maybe there’s something specific you want to write: your memoir, or a children’s story—perhaps one you originally made up to tell your own child—or a compilation of recipes you collected in the course of your travels, or a novel set in Camelot involving one of King Arthur’s knights, or a how-to or inspirational book on maintaining a positive attitude in the face of difficulties. Or maybe you’ve been bitten by the writing bug and been left with an amorphous desire to write but no specific idea of what you want to write.

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Precarious Freelance Life

Precarious Freelance Life

The freelance life is a precarious one. Unless you’re a JK Rowling, Danielle Steele, you don’t pull in enough royalties to survive let alone thrive. So writing books full time is out of the question. You have to have another gig to pull in income. Yet you want to remain a freelancer.

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