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Holly Robinson

Holly Robinson Peete Has A Crucial Message For Parents Of Boys

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 03.10.2017 | OWN

Holly and Rodney Peete have a message to share with their fellow parents ― particularly those who have sons, like they do: Make sure you talk to you...

Police Shooting Survivor Charles Kinsey Reveals The Exact Moment He 'Accepted' His Fate

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 04.11.2017 | OWN

On July 18, 2016, trained special-needs caregiver Charles Kinsey was helping a client with autism who had wandered from his group home with a toy truc...

Creativity Frozen? How to Start Writing Again After a Long Hiatus

Holly Robinson | Posted 02.07.2017 | Home
Holly Robinson

A confession: I stopped writing fiction for two months recently--the first time I have ever stumbled to a complete halt. Why? The usual reasons: 1....

Where Fantasy and Reality Collide: One Novelist's Happy Coincidences

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.23.2016 | Home
Holly Robinson

I came downstairs just as my husband returned from our local liquor store, where he'd gone to buy wine for dinner. He brandished a bottle of rum at me...

Should I Sell My Company? 7 Questions Every Successful Entrepreneur Must Ask

Maura O'Neill | Posted 06.24.2016 | Business
Maura O'Neill

Back in 2008, I watched so many students tend bar or wait tables to help support themselves through college. Once they finally emerged with degrees du...

Should You Track Word Count While Writing a Novel? Yes, No, and Maybe So

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.15.2016 | Home
Holly Robinson

If you eavesdrop on a conversation between writers, it's easy to mistake talk about craft for something else. Marathons, maybe. "I had such a slow d...

I Wrote for 17 Minutes Yesterday!

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.04.2016 | Home
Holly Robinson

Last weekend, I participated on two different author panels during the 2016 Newburyport Literary Festival, an event packed with over 70 different auth...

Author Jennifer Brown Talks About How to Research a Novel, Conquering Rejection, and Writing Even When It Hurts

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.06.2017 | Home
Holly Robinson

I'm addicted to book review porn the way some people ogle real estate ads, vacation brochures, or the latest iPhone gadgets. When I first read the advance reviews of Jennifer Brown's debut novel, Modern Girls, I knew this was a must-read.

Who's Telling the Story? A Crash Course on Writing Points of View

Holly Robinson | Posted 12.08.2016 | Home
Holly Robinson

For all of you readers out there, the next time you pick up a novel, consider this: Why did the author choose this point of view? What would have happened if the book had been told from a different perspective? Or even multiple vantage points? The answers may surprise you.

Author Amy Sue Nathan Dishes on Writing, Social Media Savvy and Why Books Are Like M&Ms

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.12.2016 | Home
Holly Robinson

"I am kind of programmed to help other writers and have been doing that since long before I had an agent or book contract. It inspired me to be around (virtually) other writers, published and not."

Celebrating a 20th Wedding Anniversary and a New Book: What Marriage Has Taught Me About Creativity

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.06.2016 | Home
Holly Robinson

You think you know how to write a book after you've written one, but oh, no. The challenges of each new manuscript are different from the last, and so is the process of getting it written. That's part of the joy.

Discovering Prince Edward Island and Buying a House at the End of the World

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.02.2016 | Travel
Holly Robinson

A few years after first discovering Prince Edward Island as a single mom with two young children, I invited my second husband, Dan, to see the island for the first time. I was beyond nervous. What if Dan saw this island and shrugged his shoulders?

Discovering Prince Edward Island and a Sister-Writer

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.12.2016 | Travel
Holly Robinson

After making my first foray to Prince Edward Island with my friend Emily and our four children over twenty years ago, I returned to Massachusetts and vowed to return every year. I made good on that vow.

Kick Ass Book Launch Tips (from Two Authors Who Really Know)

IndieReader | Posted 05.11.2016 | Home
IndieReader

For the purposes of this article, a "pro" is someone who earns his/her primary income from writing. Toby Neal and Holly Robinson are pros (although Toby is mostly an indie and Holly mostly traditionally pubbed), with multiple novels and credits of various kinds, and they're also friends.

How To You Kill Your Darlings and Lose 100 Pages

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.23.2015 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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.