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5 Things I Wish Every Author Knew

In my work with authors I see every kind of personality, and I've seen firsthand all the ways writers trip themselves up. In my book, What's Your Book?, I wrote about an irony I've noticed -- that the two seemingly opposing mindsets of "I am special" and "I am shit" both paralyze writers in similar ways. Show More Summary

14 Weird Words That Literally Contradict Themselves

Words. Words. Words. Millions of them. Delightful little toys for wordsmiths like me. I particularly enjoy special categories of words which have something in common, e. g. Contronyms. Every schoolboy and schoolgirl knows synonyms and...Show More Summary

The Best Dystopian Novels Everyone Should Read

The newest addition to the Hunger Games franchise has recently hit theaters, and between that and the success of "The Leftovers," the dystopian genre is back in the spotlight. I'm not a scientist or anything, but I predict that manyShow More Summary

The Best Writers Conference Might Be an Unconference

I've been to quite a few writers conferences. They are a fun way to interact with readers, meet fellow writers and discuss craft through reading sample pages from participants or giving and attending lectures by the other faculty members. Show More Summary

How To Think Like a Writer

Are you a "within the lines" kind of thinker? Are you afraid to let your thoughts wander outside the perimeter? Imagine what life could be like if your thoughts had no boundaries -- if you could transform a dull moment into an adventurous...Show More Summary

10 Great Books for a Writer's Wish List

Photo by Claire Burge. Used with permission. Whether you're a teacher, an author, a budding writer, or someone who writes in secret for personal reasons, you've got writing wishes. Here are 10 great books for your wish list, to stir your writing dreams or help make them a reality. Show More Summary

If I Wrote a Novel in 15 Minutes a Day, Then You Probably Can Too

Hearing other writers talk about their writing process is kind of like listening to someone else talk about a dream they had that you were not in. (To paraphrase Built to Spill, other people are less into that than you might think.)Show More Summary

Francesca Lia Block's Noir Genius Shines Darkly in "Beyond the Pale Hotel"

I met with Francesca Lia Block at Sage, a vegan restaurant in Culver City, to discuss her new novel Beyond the Pale Motel (St. Martin's). Sitting in the lovely patio eating a vegan falafel bowl with Block across from me wearing a black...Show More Summary

BETRAYED Moves Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

Book Review Jackie K Cooper BETRAYED by Lisa Scottoline Lisa Scottoline is an accomplished author of many books with many characters, but she is never as good as when she is writing about the characters associated with the "Rosato & Associates Novels". Show More Summary

How a Novel Ends

Roderick Thorp was part of a small group of novelists who came together on a monthly basis in the late eighties in Los Angeles to chew the fat. Rod had made a breakthrough success at the age of twenty-seven with the novel The Detective, which became a very successful movie that starred Frank Sinatra. Show More Summary

Chicago's Newest Independent Bookstore

Remember what it was like to walk into a small, cozy bookstore on a rainy or snowy afternoon? You can smell new books. It's like smelling curiosity. And yesterday, Chicago got a brand new independent bookstore, Roscoe Books, just in time for the rain and coming snow. You walk in to the small space masterfully designed to feel like a large space. Show More Summary

Gail Sheehy and Me

Gail Sheehy and I are contemporaries, almost exactly the same age. Her latest book, Daring: My Passages, is a memoir; so it is understandable why I was drawn to it. It turns out that we have a lot in common, undoubtedly due to the times we lived in. Show More Summary

The Return to Basics in Education. Did We Ever Leave?

Book Two of fifteen books of educational comics by Larry Paros. This is the sixth column from that second book. Enjoy! Feel free to share your thoughts. Feedback and Pushback are encouraged. Follow Larry Paros @ Take...Show More Summary

Do You Know Your Purpose?

Stop pursuing the Meaning of Life. Find your Meaning in Life! I recently re-read Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning. Frankl, a psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, explains not so much the graphic horrors of his time in concentration...Show More Summary

A Farewell to Arms (1929): Giving Thanks...

For those who didn't say farewell, such as former Army Ranger re-upped aid-worker, humanitarian, Peter Kassig. Giving thanks that there are very very few nurses and ambulance-drivers like Hemingway's Catherine Barkley and Frederic Henry. Sooner or later, there will be boots on the ground to confront ISIS. Show More Summary

Your Life Is a Book

I remember the first time author Brenda Peterson told me that I should consider writing a memoir. "I don't think so," I said. My father was a Baptist minister, and I have a terrible memory. I figured those two facts of life would form some kind of emotional nitrogen that might potentially blow up any effort to write a memoir. Show More Summary

6 Tips for Taking Yourself on a Successful, Budget-Friendly Writing Retreat

Whenever I see an author I admire posting a photo from a writing retreat, I feel a flash of jealousy. The pictures are usually from some gorgeous, foreign country that I've yet to travel to. Sometimes it's a picture of a sleepy little...Show More Summary

'Carsick': John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

Every American road trip is different; thus every American road trip book is, and should be, different from every other. The beauty of such books done well has much to do with the nature of the country itself: so enormous and diverse,...Show More Summary

Bad Book Reviews: One Author's Reaction

photo by Shyam Habarakada It is a truth widely known fact that if you're fortunate enough to have written and published a book and lucky enough to have people talk about it, comments will run the gamut from good to bad, with many shades of mediocre in between. Show More Summary

Tolstoy's Disciple and 'Evil Genius'

Four years ago, I explained in my blog how enduring misconceptions about Sophia Show More Summary

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