Month: October 2015

Expert Tips and Free Consult from a Public Speaking Pro

Public speaking is an essential plank of a writer’s platform. It is also a scary proposition to get up in front of any audience. Today’s interview is with Lynne Magnavite, a professional trainer, consultant, and coach. Lynne is offering the

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Building a Sturdy Platform

When I started the Writer’s Digest October Platform Challenge, I had stepped out, albeit timidly, into social media. My platform was a little wobbly, perhaps not sturdy enough to support Marie Antoinette on her way to the guillotine. Did I

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Symbolism in the Novel, or What Would Cecil Say?

How do writers find the symbols they use? Every high school student remembers the A emblazoned on Hester Prynne’s bosom in the Scarlet Letter. Poets look out the window. Shakespeare compared his love to a summer’s day, while Robert Burns’

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Novel Ideas

A beta reader of my novels asked me, “Where do you get your ideas?” To answer her question, I thought of how each novel grew. Distracted Living came from seeing a woman running along the lakefront in Chicago while talking

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Writing Jazz

I write because I can’t be a jazz pianist. My grandfather, Jerry, who I never met, played piano in a band on the south side of Chicago in the 1920’s. To find him, I went to lunchtime jazz concerts at

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