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Blair B. Burke
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The Dragon in the Garden, by Erika Gardner
I am deep in the middle of working on a new novel - it has consumed every moment of my writing time and it is so easy to get lost in my own world, my own struggles, and miss the many great moments that others are happening around me. When someone I know has...
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My profile on Freshly Squeezed
I know it seems like I haven't been blogging as much as usual, but it's only perception. The truth is I have three different blogs and this one has been a little lacking in attention lately. That's because I actually just self-published a book (under my rea...
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The importance of word choice
"Out of the way, lard-ass." What do you think of that line? Completely out of context, who do you think would say something like that? Who would it be directed at? What does it tell you about the world and place where it was uttered? That's a line from the ...
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Constructive Procranstination
Procrastinating is inevitable. Not just among writers, but we seem to have elevated it to a higher level, even giving it a formidable name: Writer's Block. the fact that it seems to affect almost everyone and is such a staple in the artistic process makes m...
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Is realism a good ting?
from headdudebob on Flickr My book Synthesis is a work of fiction. More particularly, it's science fiction. Not only is the story made up, but it has aliens, technology, and false history - things that don't exist and never did. But in every aspect of the s...
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I've got good muse and bad muse...
The theme for this month's Absolute Write blog chain is Who is your Muse? Unfortunately, there seems to be a lack of muses since no one else signed up for the chain. I guess that makes it simply a single link, or circle. But it's a good excuse to talk a bit...
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Editing: from self-help to professional grade
If you want to be a writer, you've gotta edit. In fact, I'd say editing is what makes or breaks a writer most of the time - what separates the many people who put words down on the page from those who do so as a craft and work of art. It's through editing t...
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The Good & the Bad: Classic Literature
Another in my series of posts where I talk about the things I like and the things I don't. This time, I'm looking at some of my favorites of classic literature - those books they make you read in school. I read a fair number of 'adult' books when I was a ki...
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Sunrise - Absolute Write Blog Chain
Another month, another Absolute Write Blog Chain. This month's prompt was pretty loose - pick three words from a list. I tried to fit them into the feeling I have for April weather at the moment: optimism in bleak times. Enjoy the Spring and make sure to ch...
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Guest Post at This One Time... At Writers' Group
My friend Erika invited me to take part in the blog her writers' group put together: This One Time... At Writers' Group. The theme for the guest posts has been music - we were each given five songs and asked to listen to them all and take inspiration from o...
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