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Get Out from Behind the Keyboard

by James R. Preston

“Real writers just write.” 

“Chain yourself to the keyboard and type till your fingers bleed.”

“You need a seatbelt. Stay in front of the keyboard.”

“Just tell your hoodlum friend outside you ain’t got time to take a ride.”

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The Death of Print Books?

by James Preston

Let’s talk for a minute, you and I, and then raise a glass to absent comrades -- the printed word, at least on paper.

Books are a visceral and sensory memory for many of us. A physical book has connections not only to the words but also to where you bought it, when you first read it, and maybe what you were eating at the time.… Read the post

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Shifting Gears in Your Writing

by James Preston

I remember being 14 years-old and getting my first driving lesson, which consisted of sitting behind the wheel of my dad’s 1960 Ford Galaxy while it was parked in our driveway. The idea was for me to get familiar with the pedals and controls, but I used the time to entertain my mom.… Read the post

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Time and the DVD Shortcut

by James Preston

Time is your friend . . . and your enemy.

You can never have enough. Yet it can stretch, minutes to seeming hours, in a boring movie that your date loves. It can race by when you’re writing to meet a deadline.… Read the post

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Drive On, Writers - Reasons to Keep Plugging

James Preston
I want to tell you a story. No, not one I wrote, one I lived. This story is an illustration of a lifetime of reading, and a story that I bet you read and say, “Why, yes, I remember a book like that.”… Read the post

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