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Buying Time to Make Good Art

Crowdfunding isn’t a new idea, but we haven’t spent much time discussing it here at Pub Crawl– and I think it’s becoming increasingly relevant to writers today who have more options than ever to publish their work. Platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have been around for more than seven years, and by far have become the best known way to finance projects and products by appealing directly to the consumers who want them. In comparison to the old […]

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Public Speaking or Root Canal?

I read somewhere that most people would rather get a root canal than speak in public. Having done both, I can verify that they produce equal amounts of panic, nausea, elevated blood pressure, sleep disturbance, and generalized anxiety. However, in my opinion, public speaking edges out root canals, for the basic reason that roots are important to a healthy smile, and who wants to give up smiling? As someone who used to hide behind people […]

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Show Don’t Tell

If you listen to the PubCrawl podcast with me and Kelly, we often talk about the concept of “showing, not telling.” It’s one of those pieces of advice that’s constantly thrown out, but how is not often discussed. PubCrawl alumna Sooz wrote a great post about Show vs. Tell on the macro and micro levels, and current contributor Kat Zhang also wrote a post about When Show, When to Tell. The general consensus is that a […]

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What To Do When You’re Stuck in a Reading Rut

So you might have heard me mention in the past couple of PubCrawl podcast episodes that I’ve been in something of a reading rut and I haven’t really read anything new in the last month. This isn’t that unusual; reading, like so much else in my life, comes and goes in phases. When I am researching for a book, I read voraciously. While I am drafting or else working on writing, I cannot. I am, […]

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