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Defining some agent terms

Now that I’m actively shopping my book to agents, I’ve had to do a lot of research. Some of the lingo I’m coming across in agents’ bios even I don’t understand, and I’ve researched agents before. Yesterday, I had to Google what speculative fiction was. (FYI: it’s any fiction that imagines a different world–sci fi, …

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Perseverance and Perspective

I decided to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo (which started 7/1) and was perusing the site and the Q&A for some motivation. I am also still in my anxious waiting period for my first novel (and surreptitiously doing even more revisions). This quote and link from Melissa DeCarlo, a published NaNoWriMo author is apt for my …

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Writing Career and Academic Job Frustrations

I found a personal essay about the search for an academic writing job by Emilia Phillips in today’s Practicing Writing blog post from Erika Driefus. This personal essay captures the essence of the process of finding a writing job, a professorship, or both.  It’s a well-written emotive account of the struggle and the sacrifice writers and writing …

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Writing Insight: Inagural Post

Each month, I will post a lesson or tip regarding writing: techniques, inspiration, revising/editing, etc. and answer any questions you may have regarding writing. Post any questions in the comments below, and I will answer them in subsequent “Writing Insight” posts. I look forward to hearing from you!    

The anxiety of waiting

If you’re a writer, you’ve felt it before: the creepy crawly feeling up the back of your arms, the burning racing feeling inside your chest, the tingly feeling in your fingers and toes. No, it’s not a crazy heartburn: it’s the anxiety of waiting. Most people  have spent some of their time waiting, but for …

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