• How to End a Story Stories are like relationships: the beginning is always so much fun, and the ending is fraught with turmoil. When I sit down to start a story, the first sentence just sort of comes to me. The second sentence too. If I’m lucky, the third swiftly follows. The inimitable short story writer Kate Braverman once told a […]
  • What makes a great author website? Web designer Brad Fitzgerald offers “6 Things Every Author Website Needs.” Author Media has a similar list, 6 Things Readers Want from Your Website. A couple of years ago, Huffington Post published a list of the 7 Best Author Websites. My own website has been through many mutations, and I’ve tried out more than a […]
  • I am the Common Reader: Virginia Woolf on pleasure, reading, & the survival of literature Despite her knowledge of Greek and her voracious reading of the classics, Virginia Woolf considered herself a self-taught reader. As a woman, she had been denied the illustrious Oxford education that the men in her family enjoyed. As it turns out, her lack of affectation, her insistence on taking pleasure in reading, is what makes her […]
  • Time to design your holiday cards… It’s time to break out the camera and take the photo for your Christmas cards. Save friends the weird newsletter and order simple, beautiful custom photo cards from Tiny Prints. I love the easy-to-customize designs, bold fonts, and high-quality paper. Right now, Tiny Prints is running a promotion: get 10 free holiday cards. Click through […]
  • Beautiful Gifts for Writers Delight the writer in your life with beautiful gifts for a more elegant desk or reading room. Gold-stamped typewriter notecards from Charles Fradin Home recall the exquisite pleasure of writing by hand. Because no one should be writing letters to their agent on Motel 6 stationery. Seriously. No writer’s library is complete without the classic handbook of […]
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