NOV
01

The First Day of NaNoWriMo

nano_09_blk_participant_120x240.pngTotal Words Written: 2,586 I began with trepidation. Although I have planned more and plotted much more for this NaNoWriMo than I did last year, I felt unsure when my fingers hovered above my laptop's keys. Even as day one winds to a close, my word-count goal conquered, I still don't really know quite what to write. In fact, the first 2,500 words of this novel currently tell the same opening-scene story from three points of view. That's an okay way to start, don't you think? Don't answer that. ......
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OCT
31

La Jolla Writer’s Conference

Sometimes it's hard to be a writer among other writers, but I know it's even worse to be isolated as an artist. That's why next weekend I'm going back to my roots, to San Diego, to attend the La Jolla Writer's Conference. LJWC is a friendly little conference, and I intend to use it as a creative incubator for my own writing as well as the many projects I support as a teacher, coach, collaborator, and editor. Attending a writer's conference as a teacher and a student, an editor and a writer, op......
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OCT
30

Feedback That Feeds Writing

I earn my living by giving writers feedback. I intend to improve the writing, so authors who work with me sometimes get a new perspective on the meaning of good feedback. What's the common expectation? Positive feedback is just flattery, and constructive feedback is just a euphemism for cruelty. But good feedback is neither flattering nor cruel. Helpful feedback addresses two main ingredients in the writing recipe: quantity & quality. You need both if you're going to produce any writing p......
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OCT
28

Grammar Nerd Stickers



I plan to arm myself with these clever stickers! Only $3!

Thanks to my pal and fellow editor, Richard Isaac for this link.

Easter 2009, San Francisco...
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OCT
26

Coffee Bar, San Francisco

Coffee Bar is a solid cafe. I can hang out here and write all day long. Friendly, no-nonsense, and attractive baristas run a tight ship in this modern space with great light and air, roomy tables, good-quality yet unobtrusive dishware, and comfortable and varied seating, including a roomy front porch with potted plants and tables. The one-room toilet is clean and pleasantly decorated. Patrons share communal tables, and most are working on laptops or meeting with someone. The atmosphere is ......
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