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  • June 06, 2023 1:37 PM
    Reply # 13211512 on 12972953

    Thomas Sundell's piece is very interesting. It's remarkable that one can imaginatively travel so far inro a few narrative lyrics.  I think song titles sometimes serve well as short story titles. I myself has a story accepted last year called "Do Nothing Until You Hear From Me."  Of course, that concept (from a famous jazz tune) was worked into the story of a guy trying to make his way after a divorce, especially as regards his relationship with his ex-wife...In any case,  well done with the article, Thomas. 

  • June 07, 2023 11:05 AM
    Reply # 13212036 on 12972953
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    I enjoyed reading your article,  Tom, "Writing Inspiration: From lyrics to stories. I thought of how when we tend to listen to music, it's the notes and beat,  and rhythm, and maybe not so much the lyrics.  What a great reminder to reflect on lyrics to stir some creative juices!
  • October 03, 2023 8:53 AM
    Reply # 13262320 on 12972953

    Loved Mike Magluilo's piece on what he learned about book marketing from his experience writing his novel A Reason to Run. He is spot on condensing a large subject into an understanding novelists can relate to. I especially liked his #2, Clarity, as having experienced this myself; it is so true! Magluilo clearly brings writers back to seeing what inevitably gets buried when marketing a book. 

  • November 21, 2023 9:22 AM
    Reply # 13282106 on 12972953

    Tom's post, "A Publishing Alternative" is a good reminder that getting our books published does not necessarily equate with traditional publishers. Tom offers, by his example, how he got his books into the hands of readers. Published authors must work smart to market their books, and Tom showed us how we can do it, successfully.

  • December 03, 2023 2:42 PM
    Reply # 13286419 on 12972953

    Tom Sundell's publishing approach is clever and efficient. He obviously works to maximize his readership through this approach. While having written a similar number of works, I am more lazy and laissez-faire about readership. I put my books out and depend on word-of-mouth contact chains for publicity. Hats off to Tom for daring/wanting to write novels exceeding twice the normal length.

  • December 05, 2023 3:31 PM
    Reply # 13287409 on 12972953
    Paco Aramburu

    I just finished the recommendations of Maggie Smith on writing short fiction prose. It replicates my journey with every piece of short fiction I wrote. Thanks to OCWW's teachings, those revisions and "cuts" have become more effective and allow me to reveal my own style. 
    Thank you, Maggie.

  • December 06, 2023 10:17 AM
    Reply # 13287754 on 12972953

    I read Maggie Smith's piece on Short Story Publishing. Actually, I read it twice . . . and slowly! Condensed into straightforward points, I'm using her tips as a checklist for writing short stories.

  • January 03, 2024 3:56 PM
    Reply # 13296673 on 12972953

    Thank you so much, MIKE MAGLUILO, for your piece on book marketing. I wish I'd seen this much sooner! But I've been in the throes of trying to promote my recently published book (Down the Steep) and suffering mightily for want of the insights you shared in your column. I greatly appreciated your wisdom and reassurances! 

  • January 16, 2024 12:45 PM
    Reply # 13301806 on 12972953
    Paco Aramburu

    Susan, your piece about recovery is touching and is a reminder to all of us, who take our ability for granted, that the human brain is a marvelous instrument and with tenacity and optimism our noodles can be re-habilitated.
    I hope to read more pieces from you and that your hand coordination comes back to you.

  • January 16, 2024 3:43 PM
    Reply # 13301923 on 12972953
    Caryn Green

    Thank you Caryn for this refreshing and instructive reminder on POV. I especially enjoyed the examples you shared which gave me a new lens into familiar texts and writings.

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