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“Beyond The Fax”
I learned to fax at the age of twenty-six. As a receptionist for two publishers, inhabiting a little gray cubicle, I received calls, sliced...
“Beyond The Fax”
“This Writer’s Secret to Doing What She Loves”
Do what you love may be the most overused advice in the career-improvement world.  A blogpost on the complexity of this directive went...
“This Writer’s Secret to Doing What She Loves”
“Guilt and Matter”
The man cries then vomits. It starts with a foamy leak down his T-shirt, followed by a stream of color and guts. He is embarrassed. This is...
“Guilt and Matter”
Why I Write: “Writing to Understand”
My views on writing have changed through the years. As a kid, I wrote to gain some attention. As a teenager, I wrote to transport myself...
Why I Write: “Writing to Understand”
Book Festivals: Why Authors Should Spend the Money to Travel to Book Festivals”
Book festivals are a tradition I’m thinking a lot about lately. By the end of the year I will have taken Some Kinds of Love: Stories to...
Book Festivals: Why Authors Should Spend the Money to Travel to Book Festivals”
“On the Value of Publishing with a University Press”
This week, November 11-17, is University Press Week, a seven-day celebration of what university presses are, what they do, and what great...
“On the Value of Publishing with a University Press”
“Breaking into Freelance Independent Editing”
Recently, I received the following comment from a writer: Hi Victoria, I am a poet and the editor of a community journal of literature and...
“Breaking into Freelance Independent Editing”
“Old Light”
This place goes on without him. The streets he walked down, the bars and rooms where he drank and slept, the big top where he worked his...
“Old Light”
“Use POV To Close That Distance in a Flash”
I never fully grasped point-of-view until I read David Jauss’s amazing essay “From Long Shots To X-Rays: Distance and Point of View in...
“Use POV To Close That Distance in a Flash”
“How to Craft Compelling Characters”
The source and exact nature of the curious phenomena we refer to as characters remains something of a mystery, but the craft of...
“How to Craft Compelling Characters”
“Why I Love Literary Citizenship”
Much is being written lately on the topic of literary citizenship. Since this was the topic of my Master’s final research paper, I...
“Why I Love Literary Citizenship”
A Review of 6 Books on the Craft of Fiction
Here’s the skinny on six of the “how-to” books for fiction writers in my bookcase – three on fiction generally and three on crime...
A Review of 6 Books on the Craft of Fiction
“A Break Up in Stages”
  After three and a half months, which winds up being the halfway point in your relationship, this is the first time Mia wanted to...
“A Break Up in Stages”
“The Arc of the Story”
Read any popular novel and you are likely to find similarities in story structure. The classic story arc adheres to this structure: •  ...
“The Arc of the Story”
Why I Write: Jean M. Cogdell
I wish, like George Orwell, I could say I’d envisioned myself a writer from an early age. However, as far back as I can remember, I...
Why I Write: Jean M. Cogdell
Author Interview Series: Therese Walsh
Therese Walsh’s debut novel, The Last Will of Moira Leahy, was published by Shaye Areheart Books (Random House). It was named one of...
Author Interview Series: Therese Walsh