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I Was So Nervous About This

I Was So Nervous About This

Fear of the New – Busted! You haven’t heard from me in a while, and if you’re a writer you’ll understand why. I’ve been in the writing cave. It wasn’t easy stepping inside, though. I stood at the entrance feeling nervous. It’s been four years since I’ve written a...

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How 3-Act Structure Can Enrich Your Story

How 3-Act Structure Can Enrich Your Story

"The enemy of art is the absence of limitations." ‒ Orson Welles (pictured above) It's a fascinating artistic paradox. Total freedom inhibits creativity, whereas strategic limits generate creativity. Strategic limits? you ask. Let me give you an example of the...

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Let Your Inner Actor Bring Your Story to Life

Let Your Inner Actor Bring Your Story to Life

Shakespeare was an actor. So was Dickens. And so are you. Think about it. When you create stories, you play the lead role inside your head, don't you? In fact, you play all the roles. It’s one of the most satisfying aspects of being a writer, getting all the parts...

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Deep Genre: The Serious Writer’s Mission

Deep Genre: The Serious Writer’s Mission

(Image: bestselling author John le Carré)   Why Genre Matters I sometimes hear emerging writers say, “My book doesn’t fall into a genre. It’s a literary novel.” But is it? Often what they mean is that, naturally, they want their story to be thought of as serious....

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What’s Your “North Star” Word?

Painting: Holiday North Star by Gretchen Kelley Happy 2020! At the close of every year my daughter Sara chooses a word to represent how she wants to navigate the upcoming year. One word to be her “North Star” for her business and her life. For example, one year she...

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You Know You’re a Writer When . . .

You Know You’re a Writer When . . .

Does that Thomas Mann quote have you nodding with a wry smile? Me too. We get it. It’s serious work, being a writer – because we care. We have to tap into heart and soul to create our best work. So, writers are a special breed. Here are 5 tell-tale signs. Introvert or...

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Your Personal Mentor

Your Personal Mentor

Would you love to have an expert mentor help you grow as a writer and really succeed? Here's your chance! Join the fall session of my PageTurner Master Classes. Registration is now open for this online 10-week program that starts on September 19th. No longer will you...

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Barbara Kyle is represented by:

Albert Zuckerman
Writers House
21 West 26 Street
New York, NY, 10010
azuckerman@writershouse.com