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In Defense of Ghostwriters

Awhile ago Olivia J. guest-posted on my blog about concerns with the idea of ghostwriters, while I posted my defense of ghostwriters on her blog. Check out Olivia’s reservations about ghostwriting, and then see why I think ghostwriting has an important place in the literary universe:   What makes ghostwriters the bomb-diggety: Ghostwriters aren’t quite… Continue reading In Defense of Ghostwriters

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Musings

When a character stalks an author…

Julia. I have neglected Julia far too long and she’s appearing everywhere. Haunting me in the people I meet, the clothes I wear, the stories I hear.  It’s funny how the pieces of a person just fall into your lap when you’re busy attending to other things.     It started with Julia. No, not… Continue reading When a character stalks an author…

Musings

When a murderer won’t shut up at 3am

Have you heard of “If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler”? by Italo Calvino. Very interesting book, written in the second person. Saying “You do this, you do that.” Not “I” or “he”, it’s about “you.” And “you” pick up a book at the bookstore, start reading and get enthralled in the tale, then suddenly… Continue reading When a murderer won’t shut up at 3am

for the Bookworms, for the Writers

What the L’s in a PenName: Cont.

What other factors do writers think of while considering a pseudonym? Last week I wrote a brief synopsis of how I came up with my pen name. Inspired by a couple great questions from Josh in the comments, this week I wanted to bring up 3 things writers think about that we have little or… Continue reading What the L’s in a PenName: Cont.

for the Bookworms, for the Writers

What the L’s in a PenName?

To pen-name or not to pen-name - for any writer, that is the question. There is a lot of factors that go into choosing between one's own name or a pseudonym, and I thought I'd give you a brief sneak-peek at the process. (Writers: Kristen Lamb has a post discouraging use of pen names in… Continue reading What the L’s in a PenName?