August 19th, 2020

Read Like A Writer, Write Like A Reader

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Barbara Linn Probst | Writing Craft

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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Barbara Linn Probst | Writing Craft

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

June 17th, 2020

The Highs and Lows of a Debut Author: Thirty-Six Voices, Plus One

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Barbara Linn Probst | Writer's Life

By Barbara Linn Probst

excited writer

It’s a cliché that becoming a published author is like becoming a parent. The astonishing reality of this new creation, after all the months—or even years—of preparation. The swift change of identity. The joy and vulnerability. 

As a parent by adoption, I’ve always been sensitive to this metaphor, finding it both illuminating and constraining.… Read the post

April 17th, 2020

What Makes Someone Give a Debut Author a Chance?

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Author Marketing | Barbara Linn Probst

by Barbara Linn Probst

A silver lining during this terrible pandemic has been the incredible outpouring of support for debut authors. One after another, Facebook groups have opened up their sites to promote authors, especially those launching their first books. They’ve offered interviews and other virtual opportunities to replace the canceled “in-person” ones.… Read the post


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