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Three wishes for the Creative Writing Genie

O, creative writing genie of the lamp. You have come to grant me three wishes? Shazam-a-lam-a-ding-dong!

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Say Hello to ‘Goodbye To All That’: A Book Review

Book: Goodbye to All That Author: Margo Candela Publisher: Touchstone Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2010 On the sidebar of her blog, “My Brain, My Blog,” Margo Candela combines the covers of her four books into one book jacket with the caption, “You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll have a good time. Trust me.”

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Meeting writing triumphs and disasters just the same

"If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same . . . " --an excerpt from "If" by Rudyard Kipling

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Take a writing lesson from the B-I-B-L-E

Yesterday, I told another creative writer who'd stopped in my office that I'm ruined when it comes to reading books. He stared at me quizzically.

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Are unpublished writers happier than hamsters?

Poor maligned hamsters. As they trot in circles in their wire wheels, we liken them to people in dead-end jobs. There's even a variation on that expression: "The wheel is turning but the hamster is dead," which refers to someone who is really dumb--dumb as a pea-brained hamster.

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