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On the Importance of Dates

Imagine this (all too common) scenario: Al: “Hey, Betty, your website looks great!” Betty: “Thanks, Al. If only I had time to write more blog posts. My last one is from a few months ago.” Al: “Why don’t you just remove the dates? Then no one would ever know how old they are.” Betty: “Hm. That could […]

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Finding the Sweet Spot in Descriptive Writing

Recently, I had the good fortune to hear author Stephen Kiernan speak about the craft of writing. He told us that when writing fiction, it’s important to find the sweet spot in descriptive writing by providing not too much and not too little description. Draw readers in by providing select details that begin to paint a picture in […]

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The Danger of Writers’ Conferences

Last weekend, I attended the League of Vermont Writers annual meeting in Burlington, VT. I drove up to the big city early Saturday morning in subzero temps, my VW GTI refusing to activate its heaters until I was halfway there. (I think the car would much rather live in L.A.) As I pulled into the parking […]

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