October 21st, 2020

Dead and Un-dead Darlings

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Barbara Linn Probst | Writing Craft

by Barbara Linn Probst

Kill those darlings.

We all know the cliché (actually, it was Faulkner, not Stephen King, who coined the phrase) and, accepting its wisdom, do our best to kill those beloveds no matter how much it hurts. Sentences, paragraphs, whole scenes get deleted, leaving a cleaner and stronger narrative.… Read the post

September 16th, 2020

Why Your Book Matters

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Barbara Linn Probst | Inspiration

You never know the difference your book might make in someone’s life …

By Barbara Linn Probst

When we publish a book, we want it to be read. Obviously. But what else do we want?

At the most obvious level, we want our book to be bought, liked, shared, and reviewed.… Read the post

August 19th, 2020

Read Like A Writer, Write Like A Reader

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By Barbara Linn Probst

Before I turned to fiction, I was a hybrid of academic and therapist. There was a truism in clinical practice that having been in therapy made you a better therapist—a complicated question, impossible to prove, although we always encouraged students to experience therapy themselves before attempting to offer it to others.… Read the post

July 15th, 2020

Editing For Theme: Search-and-Employ

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By Barbara Linn Probst

The characters are fresh, the scenes are full of tension, and the story has come to a satisfying resolution. One step remains before you declare: Done. It’s that final check. You click on the little magnifying glass in the top right-hand corner of the page and search for over-used words.… Read the post


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