Category Archives: Articles on Writing

What I Learned at Camp Creek

I spent a week in July at a writing workshop taught by Craig Childs on the Zumwalt Prairie.  Here’s what I learned: What I saw on the Zumwalt Prairie: The full moon rise over a herd of grazing cattle. Some … Continue reading

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Takeaways from Chuckanut

While some of my writing friends attended the Rain City Writing Seminar which featured Beth Jusino and James Ziskin and others attended the Historical Novel Society conference in Portland (and I’d love to learn more about those events), I was … Continue reading

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A Tale of Four Agents

So in my long career as a writer (it’s hard for me to say that because it doesn’t seem like much of a career), I’ve had four agents. Two of them didn’t sell the project they represented for me and … Continue reading

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How To Get the Most Out of a Left Coast Crime Conference

I’ve attended four Left Coast Crime Conferences, a conference started for mystery writers and readers, as an alternative to the existing conferences like Malice Domestic and Killer Nashville and New England Crime Bake which take place on the East Coast. … Continue reading

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Writing Omniscience

Once upon a time you could start a story with the words “Once upon a time,” and the reader would know they were in the hands of an omniscient narrator. That’s why I was so enchanted when C. M. Mayo … Continue reading

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When to Edit What

A writer friend asked me a few weeks ago when it’s the right time to hire an editor. The answer is a bit complicated, because it depends on where you are in your writing project and what sort of writing … Continue reading

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Notes from NW Bookfest

I was a bit disappointed in this year’s Bookfest, though it’s impossible for Bookfest to ever measure up in my mind to those glorious early days when it was on the pier: the drafts, the smell of creosote and briny … Continue reading

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So What? The Moral of the Story

So what? This question surfaces in a troubling way once a writer gets words on paper and conveys those words to an audience. I remember when it first showed up in my writing life. Years ago I was a member … Continue reading

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Making Books

Writing is an act which has many benefits for the writer. Writing can be play. Writing can be entertainment. Writing can be educational. Writing can be meditative. Writing can be therapeutic. But ultimately there comes a point when writing as … Continue reading

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Writing Goals for the New Year

It’s January which means everyone is busy making plans for the new year. And this endeavor which can be fairly easy in other areas of life, can be pretty tricky when it comes to the creative arena. I can say … Continue reading

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