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BONDS OF LOVE & BLOOD

Bonds of Love & Blood: Short Stories

BONDS OF LOVE & BLOOD is a short story collection about misplaced or displaced people. At home and abroad, solitary travelers embark on journeys that take them where they never expected to go. A woman in Istanbul hooks up with a Kurdish rug dealer and learns a lesson about family life. A visitor to California—the […]

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How Do I Know When My Novel Is Done?

by Marylee MacDonald in For Writers Doing Revisions

Sending out your novel is easy. You can upload it to CreateSpace or fire off an e-mail to an agent. Whew! you think. Now my novel is done. It’s out of my hands. At one extreme are writers who send out work soon after they’ve finished a first or second draft. At the other extreme […]

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A Productive Rant About Building An Author Platform

by Marylee MacDonald in For Writers Ready to Publish, For Writers Who Need Readers

How do writers in general, but particularly late-life writers, establish an author platform? By “late life” I mean writers over sixty. By “author platform” I mean a soapbox that is slightly elevated above the crowd and that allows authors to shout to passersby that our books exist. That doesn’t mean the crowd will necessarily buy […]

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Setting And Its Impact on Character : Insights On The Human Condition

by Marylee MacDonald in For Writers Doing Revisions, Setting

The setting of your novel plays an important role in how characters behave. Here’s a simple trick that will help you use setting as a lever to get characters out of their heads and into action. To add tension to a scene, make a character too hot or too cold. If you fiddle with a […]

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