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On Not Writing

Originally posted on BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog:
Happy children! Loud happy children! This is the blog post I didn’t write because it was a terrible idea. So why even start? This is the blog post I didn’t write because the…

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The Forest for the Trees

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There’s a story in there somewhere… I’ve been querying a book and it has not been going well. I had a few requests from conference meetings and Twitter pitchfests, but in the actual…

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A Response to Jia Tolentino’s “The Personal-Essay Boom is Over”

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By Zoë Bossiere A couple of weeks ago, a piece by Jia Tolentino came out in The New Yorker called “The Personal-Essay Boom is Over.” The title alone was enough to deluge social…

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Paradigm shift alert – for this site and for my life

I’ve moved this from my home page where it was originally posted February 1, 2017. The standard wisdom in the publishing world is for authors to avoid controversial topics on their websites and social media for fear of alienating potential … Continue reading

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Never Call Yourself a Writer, and Other Rules for Writing

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By Shawna Kenney First thought, best thought; revise, revise, revise. Write first thing in the morning when the mind is alert; write at night and never while sober. Do it alone, in an office…

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Look what the wind blew in!

What fun to write my guest post for Patricia McLinn’s blog this past week, in a whirlwind trip down memory lane! I revisited one of my many past lives – this one as a police/fire/9-1-1 dispatcher in the late ’70s/early … Continue reading

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Seeing an Essay and My Father Anew

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Gilbert’s father bought a great-great-great grandson of this legendary bull, shown in 1935 By Richard Gilbert Almost three years ago, I began writing about accompanying my father to buy a Hereford bull when…

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About a Microwave

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By Dinty W. Moore I am reviewing a blank book.  The pages are entirely empty – not a single word.  That makes it nonfiction, yes? Because there is no fiction printed within. And…

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“Suffering” deserves a definition

Because others are saying what I’m thinking in much better language than my distressed and overwhelmed brain is apparently capable of these days, I’m on a string of sharing their words. This does not make them – or my agreement – any … Continue reading

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“Work together” goes both ways

I am not the person that wrote this, but I join the many folks who are signing on and spreading the word. This is long but it is important, and it deserves wider dissemination than the Facebook rounds it’s making: This is … Continue reading

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