Category Archives: Maureen’s Posts

Why write? Because of stuff like this

There’s this thing that happens after a writer has spent a year — or two — grinding out a book. People read it. Some are nice. They’re polite and kind. I appreciate that. Then there are the people who want … Continue reading

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In praise of writers using the F-word. I’m F-wording serious.

Someone wrote to Dear Annie, an advice column in my local newspaper, complaining about writers who use the “f-word” in their novels. The letter was signed “Love to Read.” Annie agreed, responding, “Anything said with the F-word could be better … Continue reading

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What I did on my summer vacation, part II

I had a great trip to some of the farther reaches of our beautiful state Labor Day week. My sister Liz and I went down east to Lubec for three days, then up north to the Crown of Maine — … Continue reading

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Who needs a vacation when you live in Vacationland?

If I’m repeating myself, forgive me. I love Maine, you know I do. But don’t ask me what I did on my summer vacation, because I haven’t had one. That hasn’t stopped everyone else. One of the issues with living … Continue reading

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Writing tip: It’s okay to let some of your darlings live

If you’re a writer, if you’ve been to even one writing conference, you’ve heard it: Kill your darlings. The quote is from William Faulker, though sometimes it’s attributed to Stephen King, who was quoting Faulker. I once heard it attributed … Continue reading

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Scene 1, Chapter 1, Bad News Travels Fast.

I know, I know. You’ve heard it all before. Authors say it all the time. “I’m finishing up my book on a deadline so I can’t blah blah blah.” But it’s true! It happens. These babies don’t write themselves. So, … Continue reading

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There’s no such thing as the right write space

In the last Boston Sunday Globe, there was a feature on the writer Elin Hilderbrand. Seems she likes to write at the beach. There she is yucking it up in a bikini, pad and pen in hand, sun beating down.  … Continue reading

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