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Murder your own darlings, Darling

When critique groups go bad

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“Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it – whole-heartedly – and delete it before sending your manuscripts to press. Murder your darlings.” ― Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch When I met with our WOK (Writers of Kern) critique group leaders last month to hammer out the details of our upcoming meeting on critique groups, I shared a story that I’d never told anyone else. It’s private. It’s about writing—my writing. I had a critique group experience that changed me, and I felt it was relevant …read more

Grateful April: The A-Z Blogging Challenge 2013

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One month, 26 posts. Sundays off for good behavior As a relief to some of you whose eyes have been overtaxed by my lengthy Chicken Soup for the Soul-ish posts lately, for the next 26 days I will be writing shorter blogs during the A-Z Blogging Challenge.  In order to organize my thoughts and, hopefully, stir the creative juices in a more pointed and efficient manner, I will be blogging with the theme of gratitude. For 26 days, we will blog using the letter of the alphabet for that day.  The …read more

I write romance novels — so what?

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As many of you know, besides being an editor, local feature writer, and generator of many Facebook status updates (#timewaster), I also write romance for Woman’s World magazine and even have my own historical novel brewing on one of my laptops.  When I tell people I write romance, their first (and quite involuntary) response is raised eyebrows (I wait for it).  I can almost read their thoughts instantly: OMG… Dana must have the best sex life EVER!  While that I will neither confirm nor deny, I will say that your …read more

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