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Posts from the ‘On writing’ Category

Going Back to College…Sort Of

I’m attending the month-long New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. It’s like summer camp for nerdy people who love books. Read more

Lessons Learned from Frank McCourt

I was a junior at Stuyvesant H.S. when I was finally able to take Frank McCourt’s much-coveted creative writing class.  Stuyvesant was indeed a magical place for kids like me, the daughter of immigrants who could not afford tuition at the elite private schools that offered a comparable education.   Read more

Creating Mental Space

A few years ago, when I started writing fiction again, I looked to Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft for guidance.  I took to heart what he said about what makes a good writer, including his tips on work habits.  I just had to make some adjustments to deal with my reality back then.  Read more

Returning to the Craft

How does one figure out what to do professionally?  A successful woman executive advised in an article I read that if you are unsure about your career path, do the following exercise: think about the first badge you earned as a Girl Scout.   Read more