Month: June 2016

The Dancers

Published by on June 29, 2016
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The wooden floor was worn from years of dancers shoes gliding, sliding, and stomping their way across it. Tables and chairs ringed the floor but were not yet full because it was early evening. The DJ was already cranked up. A woman heard a tune she loved to dance to, and moved out to the floor under […]

Too-too long? Too-too complicated?

Published by on June 28, 2016
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  Reading the biography of David Cornwell, aka John le Carré, I’ve been having a lot of my opinions validated about the book publishing business and my approach to the craft itself. This great and wonderful writer had friends, writer friends, who would not read his books. He himself would not always read theirs. The reasons […]

POV is a buggaboo

Published by on June 27, 2016
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After finishing what I thought was a standalone novel called The Dance Floor Wars: Dispatches From the Front, I was pleased it was done and breathed a huge sigh of relief. Within a week, though, one of my main characters, Lucinda, told me the story was just beginning and how dare I leave readers hanging. […]

John le Carré

Published by on June 26, 2016
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In reading the blessed-by-Cornwell-himself Carré biography by Adam Sisman, I have had the distinct painful pleasure of walking a mile in David’s shoes. I hesitated to say this, but decided to anyway: I was surprised to find those shoes are my own. In reading Cornwell’s story, I’ve had much about myself validated. The reluctant-but-necessary public figure much […]

Throwing away 85,000 words

Published by on June 25, 2016
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My first novel was, like just about everybody’s first attempt, a fictionalization of something personal. Mine was one year of my life, namely 5th grade. The story itself is deep and good, full of conflict, violence, choices, crushes, kids stuff, and pain. My telling of it was terrible. The thing is, I know how to write. […]

Genre buster or same-o same-o?

Published by on June 20, 2016
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In my last column I wrote: It especially takes a big ego to write something different.  Think the play Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s telling of an overworked historical figure in a time of political unrest; as I write this, nominated for several Tony awards. Think the book Call for the Dead, le Carré’s first novel that introduced the world […]

Fear and Desperation

Published by on June 19, 2016
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“You can’t do that, Angela,” so said several people to me over the last ten years or so. “Why not?” said I with an additional riposte of, “And says who?”   The answer was always the same. “I was at a writer’s conference and Book Agents Du Jour all agreed and said new authors [read, anyone […]

Writer’s Block

Published by on June 18, 2016
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The only times I’ve ever had writer’s block was when I told myself I should be writing, but I really had nothing to say worth putting onto paper. While scheduled writing times seems to work for some people, I am not a fan of them. I did that for years and beat myself up because everything […]

Risk is the Price of Progress

Published by on June 17, 2016
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Dear Publishers and Agents, From reading some of my posts, you might infer I hate you. I. Do. Not. In fact, I totally understand the role a publisher and agent plays in the success of a book and its author — I think I’ve covered those in previous posts, and I’m looking forward to the day […]

Another long damn day.

Published by on June 16, 2016
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This is one of those days. The kind where you’ve been productive. Meeting challenge after challenge. Working hard and working smart. Smiling and thinking positive thoughts. Staying up and staying on. Then one phone call blows a hole in all your positiveness with what you feel is a massive betrayal but honestly isn’t; still it threatens […]

Words for Blood

Published by on June 14, 2016
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I’ve always been the outlier. That one that throws off a surveyors assumptions. The one marketers don’t know how to reach and cannot figure out why. It’s DNA deep with me. I don’t do it on purpose. Here’s one story to illustrate that. In 9th grade we students were required to fill out a form listing all […]

Uncertainty: My discipline. My friend.

Published by on June 12, 2016
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There are no guarantees that the plans we make, the ideas we have, or the life we seek will come to fruition. As the old saying goes, man plans while God laughs. I’ve been a reader of business publications since I was 20. In the pages of the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Inc., and others, one thing shone […]