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When There is Violence, Hatred, and Evil in The World—Now is the Time to Write

Like all of you, I’m reeling this morning with the news of what happened in Charlottesville over the weekend. I’m grieving for the individuals and families affected. I’m grieving for our Nation. I’m grieving for myself—for that part of myself that has held back, kept quiet, been “careful” with words, who was scared to say …

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Write it like a love letter

One of the very first things I do when I work with authors on their books is to have them imagine one specific reader. One familiar-faced, I-know-you-in-real-life kind of reader. Not a “compilation-of-some-people-you-know” kind of reader. Not an “imaginary-made-up-for-marketing-purposes-ideal-reader” kind of reader. One person who’s face you can picture and who’s name you know and …

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