Author Archives: clpauwels

About clpauwels

Author; teacher; seeker of truth about life, the universe, and everything

The Writing Conference in Your Living Room

Originally posted on BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog:
“That’s it, Bob! I need to re-order the material thematically instead of chronologically!” Not everyone gets to AWP, and even those who did can be overwhelmed by the sheer size of the event.…

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Pushover…me? Never!

With experience comes wisdom, right? Well, we can always hope our writing stumbles at least lead to greater awareness if not exactly wisdom. I shake my head and sigh in sympathy when I talk to eager newbies these days, because … Continue reading

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Turn the page…

An important and long-running chapter of my life came to a final final end this past week. After 33 years of stellar programming, the venerable Antioch Writers’ Workshop has closed its doors. I (and a few others) were all but … Continue reading

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Some days the cave looks pretty good

One of the big problems with being “woke” is the growing number of causes, action groups, and issues that constantly clamor for attention. There are only so many hours in the day, so much energy, and so many active brain … Continue reading

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Torn between two lovers

Sleek, high-tech, glass and steel Internet of Things (IoT), or wood and cotton and unplugged nature? “Feeling like a fool” might be a little strong, and while my daily conundrum isn’t quite as dramatic (or maudlin) as Mary McGregor’s song, … Continue reading

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Supporting casts matter – on the page, on screen, and in life

This week’s cast of characters started as “extras” on the page – several of them unexpected – but they each played an important role in making my stories more than a standard whodunitandhow. They give the murders a context, and … Continue reading

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An Oscar-worthy line-up, if I do say so myself

Have you ever tried casting your novel for the big screen? Which stars do you visualize for your characters? The first time I heard of that exercise, I was stumped. First, I’m not a movie buff, and I watch very … Continue reading

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My personal cognitive dissonance? Pessimistic idealism

I’m guessing that buried somewhere in my genome is the heart of a sunny optimist, someone who always looks for the best in any situation and truly believes tomorrow will be better. Unfortunately (or not), life beat that predilection out … Continue reading

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If only the writing life came with a decoder ring…

Are you a plotter or a pantser? Which POV do you prefer? Do you use more than one POV character? You don’t head-hop, do you? If you’re writing a series, does your character arc span each book or the entire … Continue reading

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Not quite as ferocious as Zuul perhaps, but still…those gatekeepers!

Gatekeepers are – by definition, I suppose – intimidating individuals. How else could they keep out the riff-raff? In the writing world, those obstacles take on the form of agents, editors, and publishers…all with the goal of assuring quality publications … Continue reading

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