How to Stay Positive When You Are Still Unpublished

My hometown library graciously hosted a book selling/book signing for all the local authors. Library staff organized the event, marketed it—even provided donuts and coffee. It was free for the authors. Forty-five of us, dreamy and optimistic, tucked between book shelves and vending machines, with our books, flyers, and smart phone magstripe readers. I think…

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What Jack Reacher Taught Me about Writing

Confession: My name is Elle—serious novelist and book snob—and I read Jack Reacher thrillers. After finishing the latest (22nd!) Jack Reacher book, I wrote my own. Well, not exactly. Let’s leave that business to the master, Lee Child, who created the iconic Jack Reacher character. What I’ve written would be considered a parody of Jack…

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How to Teach Super Powers to Young Writers

During high school, I craved any creative outlet. While some of my schoolmates wrote dark poetry and song lyrics in between classes, I would come home and draft my own episodes of The X-Files, my favorite show in the 90s. I even researched how to format screenplays. No, Chris Carter never saw my amateur attempts…

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