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On Writing

Learning from others

“To become a writer, you must first read.” That adage describes how writers learn from each other, studying themes, plots, characterizations, scenes, beats, and all the other tools that go into a story. One of my favorite writers is Sicily’s Andrea Camilleri. He writes with vivid descriptions, outrageous characters, and great humor. But nothing sets […]

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Pittsburgh Writing Workshop

I will be at the 2020 Pittsburgh Writing Workshop, a one-day writers conference on March 28. Join me: https://pittsburghwritingworkshop.com/

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Process Tools

Putting yourself in the picture

What was life like in a middle-class Toronto neighborhood in the 1940s? I don’t know, but for a work-in-progress, I need to find out. Yet there’s surprisingly little information available on what is outwardly a banal topic. Enter Quora. If you’re not familiar with it, Quora is a site where you can ask a question […]

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April in Kensington, MD

I’ll be signing copies of both novels and previewing a third at the Day of the Book Festival in Kensington, MD on Sunday, April 26. The event runs from 11-4. If you’re in the DC area, come visit. You’ll also meet Philip Padgett, author of Advocating Overlord, an outstanding history of the complex negotiations between […]

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On Writing

In praise of fine writing

Ken Fuson was a former reporter for the Des Moines Register who died recently. His one sentence weather report is a mini-classic I am compelled to share.