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Go-to Writing Books, III

Go-to Writing Books, III

Before, during and after a work-in-progress, a published/debut author has likely read more than a few books on the art and craft of writing. Yet not all motivation or inspiration comes from books on writing, in fact favorite novels are just as likely to be kept close at hand. With this in mind, The Divining Wand asked its authors: What books do you keep nearby or go back to as you’re working? And this week the following authors — including…

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Rebecca Rasmussen and The Bird Sisters

Rebecca Rasmussen and The Bird Sisters

Acclaimed as magical, graceful, and poetic, Rebecca Rasmussen makes a spring debut with her novel, The Bird Sisters on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. And, with birds on the wing to our homes, what perfect timing! Lyrical in her writing, the author is also precise and clear about the focus of her story. The book’s idea came from two questions: Rebecca’s curiosity about her grandmother’s family history, and what does it mean to be home and to stay there? For Rebecca,…

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Guest Rebecca Rasmusssen on Semper Fi
(In Other Words: Have Some Heart, Rebecca)

Guest Rebecca Rasmusssen on Semper Fi
(In Other Words: Have Some Heart, Rebecca)

[Where does perseverance, confidence, and belief in always doing one’s best come from? In today’s guest post, debut novelist Rebecca Rasmussen (The Bird Sisters coming April 12, 2011) shares her personal learning experience.] Semper Fi (In Other Words: Have Some Heart, Rebecca) The first time I walked off the course and back to the starting line I felt justified in my choice to quit. I was in terrible pain. I had lost my breath. I had cramps in my legs,…

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The Revealing of Rebecca Rasmussen

The Revealing of Rebecca Rasmussen

The talented Rebecca Rasmussen introduces readers to her beloved state of Wisconsin as she pays fictional homage to her grandmother in the debut novel, The Bird Sisters coming April 12, 2011. This one sentence describes the book: The Bird Sisters is a lush and moving story about discovery and disappointment, failing and forgiveness, and the enduring bond of family. And critical praise follows: From Publisher’s Weekly: “Achingly authentic and almost completely character driven, the story of the sisters depicts the…

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Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever, III

Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever, III

At times a book offers a surprise bonus — those special characters that create an immediate personal bond and, if only real, would be chosen as our BFF. With this in mind The Divining Wand wondered who the authors felt close to, and asked: What fictional character would you choose to be your BFF and why? And this week’s authors replied: ~Eleanor Brown (The Weird Sisters): “Less than specific people, there are entire fictional worlds I’d like to live in…

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Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, Part I

Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, Part I

During the fall The Divining Wand — in a series of six post recently honored by Suzannah Freeman of Write It Sideways — presented our authors’ best writing exercises. Tried and true, these exercises were designed to jumpstart both imagination and motivation, yet what about the intangible elements that set minds free while wrapping writers into their comfort zone? To discover the answer our authors were asked: Do you have any unusual writing rituals, secrets or superstitions that always work…

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Winter/Spring 2011 Coming Attractions

Winter/Spring 2011 Coming Attractions

The year of 2010 has been a glorious one here at The Divining Wand. With our authors/friends providing first-class quality through their books and more, how much better could it be? Well, beginning Monday, January 3, 2011, when Eileen Cook’s (Unpredictable, What Would Emma Do? YA, Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood YA) latest YA novel The Education of Hailey Kendrick — already earning a Kirkus starred review — is presented/reviewed, it will launch our exciting winter/spring season. Look for other…

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Best Writing Exercises, Part VI

Best Writing Exercises, Part VI

As The Divining Wand’s quest to discover how our favorite authors/friends perfect their natural skills comes to an end, the last — but not least — responses appear to: What have been some of the best writing exercises you’ve used in your writing process? This week’s replies offer a variety of exercises and also introduce e-book author Dee DeTarsio and about-to-become authors, Rebecca Rasmussen and Lori Roy. Robin Antalek (The Summer We Fell Apart): “I write even without pad and…

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