What John Steinbeck Said That Helped Me

Friday, December 7, 2018

    I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. It might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit—John Steinbeck     I spent my blog post last week advising everyone not to pay too much attention to writing advice. I guess it…

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Timeless Truths

Thursday, April 21, 2016

My grandma Betty died when I was eleven, but the truths she taught me are timeless: It doesn’t matter what people look like. Period. Staying silent is not enough. If a person is cruel and you say nothing, you’re no better than them. Education begets choice. Take every opportunity to learn. If God has a problem with how some people live, he can take it up with them directly. Be the best version of yourself…

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Five Tips for a Happy Debut Year*

Monday, March 7, 2016

Keep the business stuff private. Selling your novel feels a lot like winning Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes, Powerball, and the Irish Lottery all at once. You will want to jump up and down on camera holding a giant check, screaming. You will want to receive a passionate, congratulatory kiss and have it broadcast on a Jumbotron. You will want to climb up on stage, rip the mic out of Adele’s…

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An Ocean Orange: The Short Story That Set Everything in Motion

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

It’s weird, but I remember a nightmare I had when I was twelve. I’d had a fever, so that night when I went to bed I was already in an off kind of place. I remember the dream because I’d never been more frightened in my life: there was a tube of paint, and a tiny man standing on it. I was trying to make him hold still, but the…

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Five Ways of Looking at Writing Mentorship

Monday, September 23, 2013

Before we get too far along here, I just want to say that the number one person who made my book possible was me. There’s a lot of credit to give when a project as big as a book gets made, but if you’re a writer, you know how much time you spend alone, at the computer, or behind the scribbling pen, and there’s NO ONE ELSE THERE, which is…

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With Love and Gratitude by Deb Meredith

With a five-year-old boy in the house, I think a lot about superheroes. In the last twenty years, it seems like we have been severely lacking in national heroes. So it was with great relief that many of us welcomed Obama and celebrated the landing of Sully on the Hudson River. At last—real life heroes! Not someone we could only read about book, assassinated before they’d had a chance to…

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
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