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Tag Archive: Donald Maass

BBAW 2012 – Who’s that blogger?

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series BBAW

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series BBAW Today’s topic for Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2012 is to have an interview with a book blogger. Since I’m a wee bit tardy to the party, I’m left with the task of creating a self-interview. About the blog Down the Writer’s Path As a…

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Top ten favorite books for writers now and to come

Writing the breakout novel, the personal essay, mummies and…. Choosing ten books to highlight for this week’s book post is a challenge even when framed by the years my blog has been in operation since 2003 to the present. The problem is not that I’ve read so few books but so many. Do I limit…

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Are you writing for the modern 21st century reader?

What I learned from Donald Maass and his books Writers need to put some fire under their characters to break out their fiction. When I discovered the work literary agent Donald Maass has done on character development in his books on writing, I hit the mother lode. I would have to write a book to…

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Weekend Writing Finds – Donald Maass on the breakout novelist, LiveScribe, Pages and Paperrater

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Weekend Writing Finds

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Weekend Writing FindsHandy writing tools to have around In search of helpful websites and smart tools to make your writing life easier and more productive? This week’s finds might send you to the moon. They’ll certainly become handy for deadlines, lectures, and cafe writing. The…

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Top ten recent books that I hope writers are still reading In 30 years

Learning to write is found between the covers Reading books continues to be one of the best ways to learn to write. Of course, the choice in reading material is vast, even more so these days with the flourishing self-publishing platforms. Some writers view how-to books on writing as unnecessary and insist that all that…

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Playing catch-up

The last month has been a blur of blue skies and fluffy clouds as I winged my way from one coast to another. A week spent at a Donald Maass Breakout Novel Intensive brought a re-dedication to the novel and a re-commitment to the writing life. A weekend spent at the Writers Police Academy presented…

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Internet Tools for Writers: Teamwork versus Basecamp project management

This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersOnline project management┬ásites can provide useful tools and an additional way to duplicate files of all your ongoing work. Last year I set up a free account at Basecamp for my current novel. I liked it well enough but due to health…

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Freewriting my way to 100K words and a final first draft

It's a new year and with it comes plenty of new energy and renewed commitments to ongoing projects. I've been in the midst of a longterm work for a number of years now. What began as a possible mystery novel has, throuh several years of story development, evolved into a major project that will easily keep me…

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