Category Archives: Kate’s Posts

Taking Joe Burgess to Miami

Kate Flora: I often preach, and yeah, I can get a bit preachy about things, that it is important for writers to get away from their desks, out into the world, and take some time to be observant. What’s around … Continue reading

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Better Taken with a Grain of Salt?

A tweaked and recycled post from a few years ago, advice to be considered as those of us who do so are making New Year’s Resolutions to try writing, or to write more, in the new year. Kate Flora: As we … Continue reading

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Love Letter to My Rodale’s Synonym Finder

Kate Flora: Oops! There I was, putting the last items in my suitcase for a trip to San Francisco–first time visiting friends in years–when the little calendar reminder on my phone went “DING!” to remind me that before I leave, … Continue reading

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Stealing a Memory From My Mom

Kate Flora: With the holidays on the horizon, I’ve been thinking about holidays past. These days, there are far fewer people around the table, yet I still enjoy making all the food I grew up with. A too-big turkey with lots … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Revisited: You Still have Permission to Suck

This post appeared several years ago. As I, and many, many others, are on the cusp of trying again this November, I am reposting it with a few updates. Haven’t tried it yet? Why not this year? It’s fun! Kate … Continue reading

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Looking for Light as the Dark Season Approaches

Kate Flora: When I was young, readily immersing myself in dark films like Bergman’s and dark, twisty mysteries like Minette Walters, or cold ones like those from the brilliant P.D. James, I used to wonder at those in my parents’ … Continue reading

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Where Does A Book Begin?

Kate Flora: I was at a dinner party in Boston last night to celebrate my friend Laura’s sixty-fifty birthday. During dinner, we were talking about writing and her son asked me “Where does a book begin?”  The answer, of course, … Continue reading

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Hemingway’s Iceberg Theory and Other Craft Musings

Kate Flora: I was driving around yesterday, doing errands, and listening to Friendship Point by Alice Eliot Dark, the book my book group has chosen for September. At one point, one of characters refers to Hemingway’s “Iceberg Theory.” As an … Continue reading

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Whimsical Maine Through a Writer’s Lens

Kate Flora: In the world of talented photographers, I wouldn’t even try to compete. Their brilliance is everywhere, including on my walls. But as regular readers of this blog know, one piece of advice I routinely offer to aspiring writers is … Continue reading

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She Has a Strange Idea of Fun

Kate Flora: Last week I took a break from revising my non-mystery book, Unleashed Love, the story of a woman who discovers the post-breakup dog she got from the shelter was a match-making dog. For two days, I drove from the island to … Continue reading

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