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Ampersand and Ann

The snow flies, and I have sad news. Ampersand has not been home since mid-September. Because I live in the country, and my cats do tend to roam, I try to hope for a return as long as possible. But … Continue reading

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We may not need no steenkin’ rulez – but we like ’em

Is there a writer anywhere who doesn’t have some rule or rules for writing? I have a few. Elmore Leonard has a famous list of rules, and so does Kurt Vonnegut. More recently Neil Gaiman, one of my favourite writers, … Continue reading

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Life is simple…

…eat, sleep, write. Well, not really, except for the quarterly writing binges held by To the Point, the Thessalon writers’ group. The rest of the time life does get in the way. I am a full-time at-home writer. That’s my … Continue reading

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Ampersand on yoga

Quotes on writing stick in my head much the way dictionaries stick to my fingers. One I really like is “Writing is a yoga – you become a writer by writing.” Yoga is about moving and stretching. Ampersand knows all … Continue reading

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Giving the Muse a break

I’m sure there’s hardly a writer anywhere who never gets blocked.  Writer’s block is probably as prevalent as writer’s cramp, and just as painful in a different way. A couple of years ago I had a two-month stretch where I … Continue reading

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Lillian and Daphne on writing

I often think of advice from other writers. One of my favourites is Lillian Hellman’s advice to a young writer, which was, “Don’t listen to advice from writers.” If you take her advice, you’ve already failed to take it. It’s … Continue reading

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She shoots, she misses, she misses, she misses…

…but then – SHE SCORES! Hooray! I resist goal-setting. I think it’s part of my self-image as an artist. You know; artists are disorganised, they’re random, they don’t do things the way other people do, blah, blah, blah. This January, … Continue reading

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The fine art of critique

I’m on a writers’ website called Zoetrope – you can find the link under “Ampersand’s Writing Sites”. My writer friend Angileen put me onto it in March of 2008 and I’ve checked in there almost daily since. It’s one of … Continue reading

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I lied – or is that laid?

Ampersand tells me that I promised him he could be in charge of writing tips. Frankly, he doesn’t write all that well; cats have terrible penmanship, except for the polydactyls. But he really, really wants to do this, so…. Ampersand’s … Continue reading

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The technophobe starts a blog

There’s so much about writing that nobody tells you. For one thing, nobody ever mentioned the whole “platform” concept to me until – oh, six months or so ago. If anyone had asked me, I’d have said a writer’s platform … Continue reading

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