Same writing, new views

NYC writing / Kimberly Sullivan

One of the lovely things about writing is that, when you travel, you can take it with you. When I come back to New York most summers, I like to take my writing with me. I’m lucky to have a shared condominium terrace, and I love to get up there for the views and writing…

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A garden of one’s own

Durham garden, England/ Kimberly Sullivan

With a nod to Virginia Woolf, a woman who writes may need a room of her own … but a lovely English garden will also do quite nicely… I coveted this garden daily during my time in Durham, England. While there for the Historic Novel Society meeting this past September, I was staying in a…

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Sono fuori di testaaaaa … editing

To borrow from the (catchy) winning performance by the Italian (Roman, to be precise) band Måneskin at the 2021 Eurovision contest: Sono fuori di testaaa (I’m out of my mind). Mine, however, is not twenty-something existential angst about not being able to adequately express my individuality in a world that constantly pressures me to conform.…

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Talented writers make it look easy

Easy reading is damn hard writing. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne   Perhaps best known to every American school child for his novel The Scarlet Letter, American author Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was a prolific novelist, short story writer and essayist who certainly could speak with authority on the craft of writing. His observation back in the nineteenth…

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Finding our author voice

For those who love writing and reading, the discussion about author voice and that feeling we experience when we’re fully immersed in a character voice in a new novel we’re reading is endlessly fascinating. Sadly, it also takes lots (and lots, and lots) of practice to develop. This is why I was eager to sign…

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Useful advice for writers – and for life

“There’s no end to what can be tried, is there? So better luck next time.” —Eudora Welty Yet more insightful advice from American novelist and short story writer (1909-2001). It must be difficult for writers to read bad reviews or feel they poured so much of their heart and soul into a literary work that…

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