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  • how many characters Chekhov thought a story needed;
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The Rug Bazaar

The Rug Bazaar: A Chapbook

Two American women. Two Turkish men. A love duet. Ready to shop for a rug? Travel to Istanbul where rugs are sold and hearts are broken. Eat kebobs. Listen to the call to prayer. Gaze out over the lights of the Bosphorus. Most of all, discover how the baggage of the past affects everyones’ dreams […]

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man on a gloomy day

Putting Feelings into Words

by Marylee MacDonald in For Writers Doing Revisions

Finding the right words to express our characters’ emotions is one of the biggest challenges writers face. It’s all too easy to “tell”, rather than “show”. Telling is easy. As people living ordinary lives, we all know what it means when someone feels angry, depressed, or sad. However, when we write fiction or creative nonfiction, […]

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The Advocate

Ten Questions for Lori Lacefield

by Lori Lacefield in Ten Questions

In this column I’m asking subscribers to share their knowledge about writing, publishing, and marketing their books. I’m calling it “Ten Questions.” Thank you, Lori Lacefield, for letting readers know about your strong, flawed female characters. You’ve written novels that focus on justice and its opposite.–Marylee MacDonald Lori Lacefield’s Author Tip: “I’d highly recommended taking Mark […]

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Percival's Planet

The Poetry of Fiction: Michael Byers and Percival’s Planet

by Marylee MacDonald in General

Two things set good writing apart from mediocre or just plain boring writing. One is the writer’s ability to sharply observe the world and render those observations in language that’s free of clichés. The other is the author’s knowledge, and mastery, of English grammar. A few years ago I offered a novel workshop to my […]

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