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How To You Kill Your Darlings and Lose 100 Pages

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

At any rate, I managed to whittle the book down to 480 pages in three days. In doing so, here's what I learned about the art of murder by red pen...

What Yoga Is Teaching Me About Writing a Novel

Holly Robinson | Posted 02.16.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

"Honor your intentions," the instructor was saying. "What intention are you bringing to the mat today?" "Just to be able to get off the damn mat again," I muttered.

The 5 Most Common Mistakes Writers Make

Holly Robinson | Posted 02.02.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

I made so many mistakes along the way that I thought I'd offer a roundup of them to help aspiring writers avoid stumbling into the same muddy potholes that nearly swallowed me whole.

7 Ways to Make Pimping Your Book for a Blurb Less Weird

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.12.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

There is no easy way to ask for blurbs, but take comfort in the fact that every writer has to do it. Now that I've just gritted my teeth and gone through the process for the fourth time, for my novel Haven Lake, I thought it might help newbie writers to think about these strategies...

What's the Point of Writing Fiction, If It Doesn't Pay the Bills?

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.05.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

If you're trying to make a living as a fiction writer, I certainly know a great many self-published writers who are able to do that. Literary writers, or even commercial writers like me, have a tougher time making a solid income from our fiction.

Art vs. Commerce: Can Writers Make It Without Day Jobs?

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.01.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

Novels are not cars to be assembled. You can't write them if the muse isn't with you, and the muse doesn't always come when you call her. Yet, if you want to make a living as a writer, you must find a way to go to the muse if she won't come to you.

Should You Scrap that Novel? Maybe Not

Holly Robinson | Posted 12.23.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

There is always a point, about 250 pages into writing a novel, where I want to set fire to it.

How to Succeed as a Writer? It Takes a Village

Holly Robinson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Long before I published my first novel, I tried to join a neighborhood fiction writing workshop, only to be told by one member, 'Sorry, come back when you get published. We can't accept novices.' Yeah, that stung.

Publishing's Unsung Heroes: Copy Editors

Holly Robinson | Posted 12.09.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Copy editors are worth their weight in gold, yet hardly ever garner a mention. So here it is, a shout-out to you, copy editors around the world: we writers and readers are so lucky to have you smoothing sentences and paragraphs and chapters. Thank you for all of your hard work.

Summer Reads: The Good, the Bad, and the Just So-So

Holly Robinson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

To qualify as a "great summer read," I want a book that offers sympathetic characters, depth of emotion, and a forward narrative momentum that keeps me sitting on the porch long after the fireflies have gone to bed.

Celebrity Collector: Holly Robinson Peete

Reyne Haines | Posted 08.10.2014 | Entertainment
Reyne Haines

Actress Holly Robinson Peete was great to interview as she was a memory from my teen years, her collecting interests began with a favorite item from her childhood, and one of her passions has to do with children.

How Long Does a Novel Take to Write?

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.20.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

I binged this past weekend. Not on reality TV or chocolate or martinis, but on writing. I booked a cheap off-season condo in Maine and wrote 17,822 words.

8 Tips for a DIY Book Tour

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.12.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Every writer hates the idea of being a carnival barker. Nobody goes out anymore, you tell yourself. Who wants to give a reading where the only people in the audience are your mom and that drunk guy?

What Kind of Fiction Do You Love to Read or Write? Maybe It's Time to Push the Genre Envelope

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Is my novel a mystery? Is it literary fiction? Yes, and yes. But it's still considered women's fiction in the marketplace.

Revising Your Novel: How to Use Fresh Images and Add Emotional Depth to Your Writing

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.04.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Whether you drafted a new novel in November for NaNoWriMo or you're in the middle of a multi-year writing project, one key task in revising your book will be to comb (or machete) your way through it to see whether the imagery is as fresh and original as possible.

Shifting Focus: 8 Facts About Autism the Media Is Not Covering

Holly Robinson Peete | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Holly Robinson Peete

These issues are not hot-button, provocative or headline-grabbing, but with 1 in 110 children affected by autism (and rising), they desperately need more attention.