Category Archives: Janis Wildy about writing

Tweak the way you think about writing a novel

I’m ready to get rolling on my writing projects again. But how to make this year different? I’ve got a few simple tips to get make your writing more productive and satisfying. The first way to tweak your thinking is to … Continue reading

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Embarking on fall writing with a planner

I love any reason to begin again, and the last best one of the year is the start of school.  I’ve walked past my writing space all summer looking wistfully in at the books, piles of clutter and the welcoming … Continue reading

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Are weekends bad for writers?

I exchanged some friendly conversation with the guy running the register at my grocery store and asked him if he was looking forward to the weekend.  He stuck the asparagus into my bag and paused to tell me, “People think I’m … Continue reading

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Just one page

Recently, I got an idea about achieving writing goals by listening to Gretchen Rubin’s podcast.  Gretchen Rubin is the author of The Happiness Project and has just started a podcast with her sister who is a television writer in California. … Continue reading

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Six things to do when your writing goes cold

“It used to be so juicy.”  “I was on fire.”  “3,000 words in one day.”  Sure, that was before the holidays, the birthday, the vacation, the big test.  Now the trail is cold, your grasp on your characters seems frail, … Continue reading

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Winter pleasures in Seattle

Although I find my time for reading and writing has decreased before winter break, once we are headed toward New Year’s, I expect to dip into many exciting new books and re-visit some old friends too. On my list for … Continue reading

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Making food from fiction in “Brunetti’s Cookbook” by Donna Leon

If you dream of Venice with its watery passageways and romantic bridges or devour all the books that Donna Leon writes in her excellent mystery series set in Venice, you will be happy to pick up Brunetti’s Cookbook, named after her … Continue reading

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