Category Archives: Writing

For Writers: What’s the Best Way to Respond to Criticism? Take it.

I read an article in The New York Times about Julie Straus-Gabel, the publisher of Dutton children’s books. When she is editing books, she sends writers—including John Green (The Fault In our Stars)—stinging letters full of criticism and suggestions. Adam … Continue reading

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Ask Yourself This: Are You a Depriver or an Indulger? And Why Does it Matter?

Are you an indulger or a depriver? I could come up with a list of questions to help you determine if you indulge yourself or deprive yourself. But this one will do: If you have, oh, let’s say, an hour … Continue reading

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Tool For Tuesday: How Writers Learn To Deal With Rejections

A friend of mine wrote to me in distress after getting a rejection from a magazine editor to whom she had submitted an article. “And he said he wanted to see it!” she groused. “Ouch. Now what do I do … Continue reading

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How to Keep Writing No Matter What: The Novelist Who Learned How to Beat Writer’s Block

This is a post for all those writers who want to give up. Don’t. No matter how long it takes, keep going. I was so disappointed when the novel I now hold in my hands, A Remarkable Kindness, got rejected … Continue reading

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Anita Diamant: On The Red Tent, Writing, And Her Latest Novel, The Boston Girl

I am honored to welcome Anita Diamant whose novels include The Red Tent, Day After Night, and her latest, The Boston Girl. Diana Bletter:  I admire the way you are able to write historical fiction in such a way that … Continue reading

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Six Tips For Writers: What I Learned As COMMENTARY Publishes My Story, “One Kiss, One Baby, One God”

Nothing to do today? You can read my short story in Commentary Magazine here. It just came out. I am honored to be published in this respected journal. I sent this story in to the slush pile and the editor, … Continue reading

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One Key to Writing Success: Ask Yourself This Question

The other day I spoke to a woman who told me she wrote a creative non-fiction essay for the first time in her life. Francesca was now trying to get it published in wide-circulation magazines and was getting a lot … Continue reading

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1 Thanksgiving Message From Karen Casey: There is No Such Thing As Bad Luck. Only Lessons to Move Us Forward.

Diana Bletter: Today I welcome Karen Casey, author of Each Day a New Beginning, A Woman’s Spirit, Let Go Now, and more than a dozen books on spirituality. I have cherished my dog-eared, torn, ripped, scribbled-on copy of Each Day a … Continue reading

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Judge a Book By Its Cover: My Novel, A Remarkable Kindness

I posted the book jacket of A REMARKABLE KINDNESS on my FB page but now present it here. Can you tell a book by its cover? Doesn’t this cover make you want to dive right in? The work of this … Continue reading

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The Tin Horse Author Janice Steinberg’s Rule #1 On Writing: Go Toward What Scares You

I’d like to welcome novelist Janice Steinberg whose novel, The Tin Horse, (Random House) has been translated in four languages with Portuguese and Japanese in the works. Diana Bletter: How did you move from writing as an arts journalist to … Continue reading

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