Getting High On Great Stories

Novels are my drugs. I slink into the book store (my dealer) and survey the wares. Glossy covers beckon, beguile. With sweaty palms I consider my selection. I go for hard stuff: a brand-new hardcover, damn the cost. My hands quiver as I slide the credit card to pay; it’s been too long since my […]

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My True Hollywood Story

Stars in My Eyes All my life I’ve had stars in my eyes. When I was nine, after a successful turn as the lead in a local theater production of Alice in Wonderland , I told my mother she needed to take me to California immediately where I could fulfill my destiny as an actress. […]

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How to Get Published in the New York Times (Without Resorting to Bribery, Which Probably Doesn’t Work Anyway).

  Recently people have been asking me, how did you get in the New York Times? It’s pretty simple, really, I wrote about something I was passionate about, connected with a timely event and tried to come up with a fresh approach. (Okay. Maybe not that simple.) I followed the guidelines and also read an […]

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How to Connect With the Writing Gods

I once ran into a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist in a ladies’ room at a writer’s conference. She slipped into a stall and I could hear her peeing. The whole time I was thinking, “Pulitzer Prize-winning novelists have to pee?” Obviously they do. They also probably burp and sneeze and maybe even snore but their writing […]

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Want to Be a Better Writer? Meditate.

I flirted with meditation long before I actually committed to it.  To be honest, my first few sessions were boring. I’d expected special effects (a vision of a lotus blossom or a white healing light) and when I experienced only boredom I assumed I was doing it wrong. Luckily I kept persisting and now I […]

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The Writer’s Guide to Losing Weight

Writing, like most professions, comes with its shares of occupational hazards. There’s Amazon-itis, the compulsive checking of one’s Amazon rating—usually most severe in debut novelists but even the old saws can’t always resist a daily peek or two or three… or ten. Also the unhealthy pallor from staring into the blue glow of the cathode […]

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