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A Note from Lisa See

To continue from my last blog: With the return address on the postcard from Lisa See announcing her newest novel, I realized I could return those postcards of old Los Angeles sent to me ten years ago by Lisa’s mother, Carolyn See. I had contacted Carolyn after reading her energizing book, “Making a Literary Life,”…
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Inspiration from Carolyn See

Sometimes–no, more than sometimes–being a writer gets in the way of being. It seems that I am always doing, and doing becomes tiresome. Because of the doing–meaning “marketing” my books, which I find to be consuming–I completely missed the passing of someone who was my inspiration–the well-known author, Carolyn See. I would have known about…
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Tolstoy’s Weird Novella

I’m currently reading Edith Wharton’s “The Writing of Fiction.” Her multi-independent-clause sentences are decidely hard to plow through; however, Wharton impressed me with her comments about Tolstoy’s “The Kreutzer Sonata.” Remembering I had a collection of Tolstoy’s works, I plucked the book from the top of my bookshelf and found it. Reading it, however, was…
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More About Edith Wharton

It’s fascinating to read about the habits of famous writers. The new book, “Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors,” by Sarah Stodola shares information about Edith Wharton, the author of “The Age of Innocence” which won her the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1921. Wharton was a wealthy woman who wrote about her contemporaries…
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Advice from a Legendary Editor

Tips from a legendary editor of Harper’s Magazine says that if we want to tell our stories “out of the wilderness of our experience” we should begin with a notebook or diary. Blindfold the computer, send the phone for a walk in the park– (unglue your cell phone from your right hand), and with pen…
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Read Like Edith Wharton

A recently published book called “Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors” by Sarah Stodola gives great insight into the lives of authors that most of us wish we had read–at least that’s the case for me. Oh, I’ve read Ernest Hemingway (who hasn’t?), but I haven’t attempted James Joyce or Junot Diaz, some of…
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