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Writing Advice

How I Deal With Bad Reviews

      If you are a working writer, you are going to have to deal with bad reviews. Luckily, the best reviewers don’t write 100% hateful reviews of books so…

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Writing Advice

To Plot Or Not

  I am often asked if when beginning a novel it is best to work with an outline. It sounds so logical to say that, yes, of course it is…

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On The Pleasure of (Not) Writing

I know writers aren’t supposed to admit this, but sometimes I don’t want to write too much. It’s good to have some silence, maybe let someone else do the writing for…

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Writing Advice

The Writing Must Astonish

    Last night the poet, Hilda Sheehan, presented Kenneth Koch’s advice in The Art of Poetry to a group of writers wishing to “release” a poem to the public. A…

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Do you ever wonder if established writers, even those teaching at universities, go to writing workshops themselves? The answer: whenever we get the chance! I am delighted to be taking…

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The Writer's Economy

Necessary Failures

    In 2006 Hilary Mantel and I went on a book tour together. This was back before she became an untouchably famous, extremely revered double Booker prize winner and…