Free Your Mind to Write. Smoke a Cigar.

When you have something to write, how do you start? Where? With an outline? Or a burst of notes? I didn’t plan it this way, but a large part of my interview with Leonard Mlodinow, bestselling author of Elastic, in the Los Angeles Review of Books doesn't talk about his book. Instead it is about … Continue reading Free Your Mind to Write. Smoke a Cigar.

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Don’t Be a Dunce with Your Book: J.K. Toole and First Impressions

It didn't matter that my manuscript had some great stuff near the middle - - if the opening pages weren't very good, no agent or editor would ever bother to keep reading. Does that sound like you? I don't know if you're familiar or not with John Kennedy Toole, author of A Confederacy of Dunces, … Continue reading Don’t Be a Dunce with Your Book: J.K. Toole and First Impressions