Category Archives: writing lessons

Margaret Atwood’s Rules

In 2010,  The Guardian, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing, published a two part article wherein 15 authors set to paper their own list of dos and don’ts. We’re talking big names here. Go ahead, check  out: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/feb/20/ten-rules-for-writing-fiction-part-one I … Continue reading

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It started with a hole in the wall.

Disclaimer:  I do have a daughter, of whom I’m extraordinarily proud of. She’s talented with words and images, and funny, and smart, and oh-my-gosh-beautiful. But I’m a slow thinker, so I’m still mulling over things that were said last weekend, … Continue reading

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How not to write a sex scene.

Here’s the real truth about writing. Eventually your brain says, “I’m not working very well anymore. I need a break.” But you don’t listen, because you have your own personal deadline, and you’re going to keep it… I sent The … Continue reading

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The Shower

It used to be I couldn’t take a shower without someone banging on the bathroom door. Even getting out of our shower was complicated–I had to knock on the acrylic glass door to give the snoozing short fat black dog a heads-up before … Continue reading

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Oh hell.

This was my life, post-cricket, on Thursday. This is 1:42 p.m. It took 2 minutes to saw through the bubble wrap on the package to reveal the annotated copy of Hedi Book 2 and THE NOTES. This is my life after getting past … Continue reading

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The murder of IT

I’ve been quiet. After I wrote the last post, I realized that I have no business talking about writing. Fact is: I know squat. About five months ago, bad things happened chez-Evans. Not to me, but to members of my … Continue reading

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Call me Niles

I wrote this last week, the day my computer blew up, and never posted it. (Fortunately, my m.s. was on the backup drive). Most of it still holds true, though the Bob Mayer blog is no longer his latest. You should … Continue reading

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