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3/30/12 5:25 P

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thx for sharing. I tend to be a emotional creator...some days I'm a whirlwind, others I'm vacant.

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3/22/12 6:52 A

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Be aware of using repetitive phrases; they turn readers off.

A book I recently finished used the phrase "hooded eyes" every time the author referenced her bad guy. The one I'm reading now has referred to an early 20s female as "young lady" probably 30 times and I'm only half-way through the story. Another recent one must have used "little" to describe everything from a "little lake" to a "little cabin" to a "little diner."

What is disappointing to me as a reader, writer and editor is the praise these authors heap on their editors when they should be aware of their own writing and should find an editor who will not allow such boring writing to occur. -- Lou

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7/27/11 7:26 P

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And then there's Pierre Berton's nine tips expansion of the original six essential tips to becoming a writer:
"Read, read, read, write, write, write, rewrite, rewrite, rewrite."

He was a tubby little chap who looked as if he had been poured into his clothes and had forgotten to say "when!"
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7/25/11 12:32 P

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I thought I would post these quotes that were compiled by a lady in my writing group. I cannot guarantee the accuracy, but they were inspirational to me:

Mark Twain: “If you want to be a writer, write.”
Bill O'Hanlon: “Write is a verb.”
Stephen King: “If there's a secret, it's to get it down on paper.”
Maeve Binchy: “...write...don't just talk about it.”
Bernard Malamud: “You write by sitting down and writing.”
James Thurber: “Don't get it right, get it written.”
B.F. Skinner: “Nulla dies sine linea—No day without a line.”

I especially was motivated by Maeve Binchy; I have been TALKING about being a writer for decades!

"Above all else, remember this: to thine own self be true."


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