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Creativity and Writing by Pen

I’ve started writing my drafts in longhand. If you’ve taken one of my workshops, you’ve probably heard me advocate for putting pen to paper. You may have even argued with me about how ridiculous it sounds in this day and age of computers. Pfft! Writing by hand (eye roll). It takes too long. I was […]

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Carving Out Time to Write

The writer writes. As an on-and-off again fiction writer, that very obvious notion eluded me for years. I put writing aside, put it off, did something else, cleaned, cooked, watched television, worked out or just about any other activity that didn’t involve writing, all the while wondering why I couldn’t finish a story.

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Know More

“You should know more than what you put on the page. The reader can sense that.” — Susan Orlean Credit: Tim Green / Flickr Creative Commons

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Spread the Writing Love

A year ago, I began volunteering at a retirement community teaching a memoir writing class to a handful of dedicated writers. I refer to these writers collectively as “my ladies,” because except for the occasional man who pops in now and then, the regulars are all women (above). Most of them — perhaps all— have never undertaken a […]

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What Inspires You?

As we come down the home stretch of 2015, I have much to be thankful for. In September, I officially launched workshops for Fresh Pond Writers and a month later received my first acceptance for a short story. That story, “Williams,” which imagines a future where Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams is awoken from […]

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I Think I’m Plot-Curious

Last night in workshop, we briefly discussed the idea of outlining a novel, especially after the first draft had been written. I’ve never written a novel before and much of what I’ve read about craft discourages outlines. But I think it’s important to stay open to methods that could potentially improve a story’s structure or […]

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Our First Networking Event

Thanks to all who showed up last Thursday night for Fresh Pond Writers‘ first networking event. McCabes on Mass turned out to be a pretty good spot. Good snacks, nice drinks and cozy atmosphere that wasn’t overcrowded or too loud. Some folks walked away with a couple of “new” literary journals and everyone who came submitted […]

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Fresh Pond Writers Has Skype Workshops for $25

Just $25 for a 10-week session with a handful of other writers. These sessions are for advanced writers and you have to apply first. But after that, it’s easy. Workshops start next week. Check us out. Fresh Pond Writers

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A Website Is Born

Writing is a process. Not only the actual production of it, the sitting at the computer or legal pad and clawing down into unknown depths, but the living of it. The writer, like all writers, starts at the beginning. Here, there is only a small voice and little knowledge of the craft, save what she intuits from […]

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Struggling with Fight Scenes?

Last night in workshop, we had a nice discussion about fight scenes. They’re difficult to write well because the instinct is to narrate every step in the action in real time, neglecting all else. I offer a few tips.

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