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Amazon/Penguin Contest, Literary agents


At 12:01 am, January 24th, the Amazon, Penguin Breakthrough Novel Contest opened. At 12:01.5, I began to enter all my documents for The Drawing Lesson,–the Description, the Pitch, the first 5000 words and then the manuscript itself. I pictured the … Continue reading

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Things to Think About Before Leaving—Still in Toronto…


As you know, I’m a great fan of the writer and thinker Alain De Botton, and particularly of his book The Art of Travel. In that book, he makes an excellent point which is relevant to my musings. Why is … Continue reading

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Mad Men Blog #3: Peggy Olsen, the New Woman…


Do you remember that scene in which Peggy told Peter she had given their baby up for adoption? Of course, Peter couldn’t fathom her doing that. She told him—I wanted other things. In other words, she wanted a career of … Continue reading

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Where do writers get ideas for books?


I was getting supremely bored, and if the writer is bored, the writing is dead. Continue reading

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What inspires a writer?


People often ask me what inspires me to write. In this video, I talk about where the idea for The Drawing Lesson sprung from. I’d love to hear your reaction. If you’re a writer, what inspires you to write? If … Continue reading

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