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Getting into your character’s head

Some spiritual writers claim that we have the knowledge of the universe inside our own heads and that all humans– and all of life– is connected. This would mean that we can get into the heads of anyone at all, … Continue reading

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Writing my imitating others

When I had a public relations agency, I taught new hires to write by telling them to copy stories out of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal until they got the feeling of writing journalism. So yesterday … Continue reading

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Do novels have to answer a question?

I just came from a writing craft group where we discussed a question I asked in an earlier session:  Do novels have to answer a question to succeed? When I think about novels that I love, they do ask questions.  … Continue reading

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Suffering, universal and necessary for the writer

Without suffering, we wouldn’t have any material.  The breadth of the material is the most important part of writing.  I can actually say that nothing human is foreign to me.  I have had a very wide sweep of experience and … Continue reading

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