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OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER of the BERKELEY BRANCH of the CALIFORNIA WRITERS CLUB

February 2010

TABlE oF ConTEnTs
The View From the Helm...........2 Upcoming Speaker: Seth Harwood............................3 . Circle the Hot Sentences (Past Workshop).........................4 Upcoming Workshop Amos White................................4 ’Tis Always the Season... For Something! ........................5 Member News .........................6 Member Profiles .......................7 Shop Talk: Story of a First Draft..................................9 Open Positions.......................10 Member Marketplace .............11

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Distinguished.Writers.of.California

Gertrude stein 1874-1946 Alice B. Toklas 1877-1967
Bay Area writers who met in Paris in 1907 and became famous for their forty-year expatriate “marriage.” Gertrude was a writer and poet of “excess of consciousness” and “rhythmic word paintings,” Alice, her muse and editor.

The Berkeley Branch sails into another year with an ample cargo of new projects. We’ve managed a complete refit of our venue—bigger room, better parking, more time for our meeting. After a couple of months of frustrating searches and visits to venues that did not quite work, the Oakland Main Library emerged as a site for sore eyes. It has been around a long time and shows no signs of closing on short notice. The Berkeley Branch has the West Auditorium at the library for four hours the third Sunday of every month. Thanks to Laura Shumaker, we’ve enjoyed a steady lineup of outstanding speakers who have entertained and informed us about the business and craft of writing. Now our extra time also offers an opportunity to honor authors, a project I’ve had in mind for a while. Beginning in February and for the rest of the club year, we will have an author event in addition to our featured speaker. The first author will be Liz Wagele, whose book, The.Career. Within.You, was published by Harper Collins at the close of 2009. Liz goes on at the February club meeting at 3:30 p.m. on the afternoon of the meeting. Last fall I realized our membership growth hinted at some changes in the character of the club. We are younger, more vigorous, and more successful at getting published. More of our members need support in the marketing of their books. I asked Alon Shalev to chair a marketing buzz group to exchange ideas and experiences. Alon agreed, and, as a consequence, no meeting has had fewer than a dozen participants. Lloyd Lofthouse has joined Alon as a co-leader of the group. Lloyd tells me they plan to practice elevator pitches at the next meeting. And, inspired by our most recent speaker, Hut Landon, the group is planning a presence at the annual trade show of the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association. The trade show is a chance to get in front of hundreds of bookstore owners and buyers. I predict the marketing group will be a significant aspect of the Berkeley Branch and grow to be a club-within-the-club. The voyage of the Berkeley Branch through 2010 promises to be an exciting one. .—AL.Levenson,.President

The View From the Helm

Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose / Loveliness extreme./ Extra gaiters, / Loveliness extreme. / Sweetest ice-cream. / Pages ages page ages page ages.— Gertrude Stein, 1913
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Meet our own author:

lIz WAGElE

An acquisitions editor intimidated by the Great Recession hesitates to look at manuscripts by first-time authors. Literary agents mirror the editor’s timidity. Regrettable, but let’s remember: the traditional road to publication is not the only route. “If we know anything for sure about publishing right now,” writes Seth Harwood, our featured speaker for the February 21 meeting, “it’s that it is changing. Authors, I believe, must become scientists running experiments with new technology, new publicity strategies, marketing, you name it.” Holder of an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Seth has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa, Stanford, UMass Boston, and at the City College of San Francisco. More than a dozen literary and crime/noir journals have published his fiction. In July 2006, when he e-posted free of charge the first episode of his gritty story Jack.Wakes.Up, he became the first crime author to serialize his work as a podcastonly novel. Last May, Three Rivers Press put Jack.into print. Traditionalists can buy the novel as a paperback. Or, promises Amazon.com, you can access the book “on your Kindle” in “less than a minute.” You can also visit Seth’s Web site at sethharwood.com, where Jack.Wakes.Up.and three more of his novels are available to the public in free audio installments. Download the installments to your computer, then, explains the Web site, “sync to your iPod, MP3 Player, Zune, iRiver, PSP, whatever. Or you can just listen here on the net.” People hear a good story, want to see it in print, look for the paperback. Three Rivers Press is not the only publisher aware of this phenomenon. We, too, should take note. The February meeting will be an opportunity to learn about the latest publishing technology. Let’s prepare ourselves to follow Seth’s informed suggestion that we “try things on our own.” —David.Baker

Experiment with Sight and Sound: The New publishing

At the February meeting, CWC member Elizabeth Wagele (www. wagele.com) and her writing partner, Ingrid stabb, will discuss their new HarperCollins book, The.Career.Within.You— How.to.Find.the.Perfect.Job.for. Your.Personality. The book uses Enneagram, a personality typing system, to help you discover inherent motivations and tendencies affecting your career. If you arere confused about the career you want, are struggling in your current career, or need help finding a job, The.Career.Within. You could be the book for you. Stabb is a Yale MBA, has organized multiple career workshops and events, and is certified to teach the Enneagram. Elizabeth has a blog on Psychology. Today: http://bit. ly/psychtdy.

MEETING pRoGRAM:
1:00 p.m. Library doors open 1:05-2:00 p.m. Board of Directors meeting 1:05-2:00 p.m. Marketing group meeting 1:05-2:00 p.m. Social time for members and newcomers 2:00-2:15 p.m. Club meeting, announcements 2:15-3:15 p.m. Featured speaker, seth harwood 3:15-3:30 p.m. Break 3:30-4:30 p.m. Author event, liz Wagele, Ingrid stabb

West Auditorium of the Oakland Main Library
You can enter the room directly from Madison Street between 13th and 14th Streets. FEBRUARY 2010

Sunday, February 21, 2010, 1-4:30p.m. at 125 14th Street near the Lake Merritt BART station.

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CIRClE ThE hoT sEnTEnCEs
We enjoyed another stimulating workshop on January 10, when Marilyn Abildskov came to Alameda for her second visit to our workshop season. Her topic, “Feeling to Form,” was about how to get from important memories to words on a page. The size of the time period is not important. Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway takes place in a single day. Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex spans generations. Start anywhere. Think about a year, good or bad. Or think about a charmed moment. By the time we reach a certain age, charmed moments fill our closets and scrapbooks. It is not so hard to find a place to start. How we felt about the story, both when it occurred and with the benefit of a backward look, is important to the story. All great teachers slip chocolate kisses of wisdom into their workshops. “Circle the hot sentences in your writing and think about how to make them do double duty,” Marilyn said. The sentences I circled in my notes are: “The tyranny of personal writing is writing about one’s self when it is not the important story.” “Great books are great because the author took a risk.” “Nothing compares to a good writing day.” Amen.

"It's never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot
FEBRUARY WoRkshop:

AMos WhITE
social Media Marketing Expert & Master Trainer

Social Media Marketing

Sunday, February 14, 2010 • 10 a.m. to 12 noon Accelerate your sales cycle • Build a platform • Extend your marketing reach • Tweet, Fan page, Blog, or Link-In? • Business metrics for success. $9 CWC Members / $29 Nonmember Seating is limited.
To register, mail your check to CWC-BB, Box 6183, Alameda, CA 94501. Registration must be received by Thursday, February 12. Include email address and telephone number with your registration. The workshop will take place in Alameda. Location will be sent in a separate email, Thursday, February 12. Questions? cwcworkshops@gmail.com

March 14, 2010 TBA

UpcoMING WoRkSHopS

April 11, 2010 Marianne Rogoff on Travel Writing May 9, 2010 Wesley Gibson, Writing Effective Dialogue
To.recommend.or.request.a.speaker,.contact.Risa.Nye.. at.cwcworkshops@gmail.com.

—AL Levenson

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This.month.brings.Valentine’s.Day.(and.we.wish.you.all.as.much. love.in.your.life.as.you.can.stand),.but.next.month.will.be.Tax.Day.. CWC.member.W.E..Reinka.has.a.good.lesson.for.magazine.writers:

The most common question writers get after “What sort of writing do you do?” is “Where do you get your ideas?” I feed monthly features into two syndicates. Where do I get my ideas? I start with the calendar. Good seasonal articles are not only annual but, in a sense, perennial. Write a good Father’s Day piece, and it’s going to be ripe for reprinting year after year. Adages that apply to general features also apply to holiday features. Start with an engaging lead. Avoid the familiar— editors don’t want another reminiscence of the longed for, but unexpected, Christmas present showing up under the tree. Here are eight other Do’s and Don’ts.

’Tis Always the Season... For SoMETHING!

Ms. UndERsTood
Did you know Gertrude Stein’s famous quote, “There is no there there” referred to Oakland? Her literal remark, delivered at Mills College, was, “The trouble with Oakland is that when you get there, there isn’t any there there.” This deeply-felt, poetic statement of longing was widely quoted and unfortunately interpreted as an elitist Parisian Intellectual statement on inferior cities, here and everywhere. Stein’s was actually referring to the feeling we all get when we return to our childhood homes and neighborhoods. As a child in the 1880s, Gertrude Stein lived at three Oakland locations: the Tubbs Hotel at East 12th St. between 4th and 5th Avenues; a house on ten acres of land at 25th St. and 13th Avenue; and a residence on 10th Avenue. When Stein came back to visit in 1934 as a 60-year-old, the Tubbs Hotel had burned down, and the ten acres subdivided and developed. Thomas Wolfe wrote about this feeling of displacement and loss in his 1940 novel, You.Can’t.Go. Home.Again. Wolfe’ articluation of the sentimeent became a wellunderstood cliche.

1. Give Your Readers Credit
Don’t slow down your Columbus Day piece on an explanation of Columbus’s role in history. Flag Day readers already know that Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag. But they probably don’t know that she quashed George Washington’s suggestion that six-pointed stars might be easier to sew when she deftly folded a piece of fabric and, snip snip, produced a five-pointed star.

2. Micro to Macro/ Macro to Micro leads
Remember that most features “start” in the second or third paragraph. That Reader’s.Digest.throat-clearing staple, the anecdotal lead, moves from the specific to general. Or try turning things around, as I did in my Veteran’s Day piece that opens with a paragraph about how the increased recognition of the sacrifices of minority squadrons has changed the face of Veteran’s Day. Then my article narrows its focus to single mother Lori Piestewa, the first female Native American to die in combat on foreign soil. The story of her heartbreaking heroism in Iraq honors all veterans.

3. new Angles on old holidays
Remember our friend Squanto from when we kindergartners dressed up as Pilgrims or Native Americans? Once I learned that Squanto had visited Europe twice before the Pilgrims ever saw Plymouth Rock, I knew more editors would gobble up that topic than another reminiscence of Thanksgiving turkey aroma.

4. Ready, Fire, Aim
Our instructor at one of those get-rich-in-real-estate courses advised due diligence in all transactions but said that occasionally we had to grab opportunities, what he called “Ready, Fire, Aim.” Likewise, if you’re inspired by this year’s Independence Day fireworks, go home and get it down for next year. Besides, it’s almost never too early to submit a seasonal piece, but it’s often too late. If you’re submitting a holiday piece to what is for you a new market, shoot for four or five months ahead.
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5.Unofficial holidays
Look beyond the calendar’s red-letter days. I’ve published two articles on America’s biggest unofficial holiday, Super Bowl Sunday. Last September I envied another writer’s piece on National Talk Like a Pirate Day. The World Series, first day of school and summer solstice are among the annual rites that are grist for seasonal articles.

Member News

6. Anniversaries
Although they might not be candidates for annual reprints, celebrate significant anniversaries. When The Beatles’ Sgt..Pepper. album turned forty, I hit the charts across the country with “It Was Forty Years Ago Today” (that we first heard “It was twenty years ago today…”). Two summers ago my piece on the 75th anniversary of the first drive-in movie proved to be a blockbuster.

CWC BERKELEY BRANCH MEMBERS:.Please.send.Write Angles.all.the.news.about.your. life.in.the.world.of.art,.letters,. and.literature,.however.it. expresses.itself. Your.efforts.and. accomplishments.inspire.courage. in.others..writefox@aol.com
On 2/13/10, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., JoAnn s. Ainsworth will be on a Valentine’s Day Romance Panel, with author Christine London as moderator, at Borders, 39210 Fremont Hub, Suite 211, Fremont, CA 94538 (510.797.9799) For his novel, Our.Hart,.Elegy.for.a. Concubine, lloyd lofthouse was awarded honorable mention in the fiction category at the prestigious 2009 London Book Festival News from karin Ireland: This spring, in time for graduation gifts, the third revision of her book, The. Job.Survival.Instruction.Book, will be released by Course Technology PTR, a Division of Cengage Learning,

7. Months
If you’re a sweet writer, readers will relish your piece on National Pickles Month. February is more than Valentine’s and Presidents’ Day. It’s also Black History Month. March is Women’s History Month.

8.no harangues
During the last five years, I wrote only one article that didn’t sell. It was a harangue. Hey, we’re all with you on how Walmart puts Santa out during swimsuit season or trick-or-treaters who don’t bother with costumes. But save it. Editors mark seasons with affirming pieces. .—.W.E..Reinka

—Anne.Fox.

“When.Romance.Writers.Meet,”.from.Kristen.Caven’s.forthcoming.memoir.. Perfectly Revolting: My Glamorous Cartooning Career.kicks.off.its. publicity.phase.on.Sunday,.March.14..Members.of.the.CWC.are.invited.to. her.pre-release.tea.party.at.Mills.College,.Reinhardt.Alumnae.House,.2-5. p.m..on.March.14..Hats.and.gloves.welcome.

“When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that.” — Gertrude Stein
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nEW FEATURE:

Member profiles
San Francisco Writers Conference
Feb. 12-14, 2010 Mark Hopkins Hotel “Simply the best conference for getting published.”

The.writers.and.members.of.the.CWC-Berkeley.Branch.are.as. diverse.as.the.East.Bay.community..This.month.we.are.pleased. to.introduce.a.new.monthly.column.that.will.present.profiles.of. CWC-Berkeley.members.in.their.own.words..Thomas.Burchfield. is.currently.soliciting.profiles.from.club.members.so.we.can.get.to. know.one.another.better..Each.month,.we.will.include.four.or.five. profiles.in.members’.own.words..If.you.would.like.to.share.your. profile.(150.word.limit).and.want.more.information.on.what.we’re. looking.for,.email.Thomas.at.tbdeluxe@sbcglobal.net..We.look. forward.to.hearing.from.you!

Thomas Burchfield
I am a freelance editor living in Emeryville and a recent addition to Write.Angle’s editing team. I joined the CWC-Berkeley Branch in 2009 to increase my editing client list, broaden my writing contacts, and be a part of the California writing community. I regularly post essays, reviews, reportage, and photos on the Red Room Web site and am seeking an agent and publisher for my first novel, the supernatural thriller Dragon’s. Ark. Among many favorite novels are Ghost. Story, by Peter Straub; Red.Harvest, by Dashiell Hammett; and Pale.Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov. I also love my wife, our cat, music, movies, fine scotch, and wandering among hills and mountains whenever possible. I am a member of the Bay Area Editors Forum and can be reached at tbdeluxe@sbcglobal.net. Note:.See.Thomas’s.feature.on.page.9.—ED

Featuring nearly 100 presenters— Literary agents, bestselling authors and editors Major publishing houses including: Random House, St. Martin’s Press, Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster), Jossey-Bass/Wiley & Sons, Mira Books, Walker Books, Seal Press, Writer’s Digest Books No wonder SFWC sells out EVERY year!

Keynoters and bestselling authors include: Jacquelyn Mitchard, Steve Berry, Sheldon Siegel, Dan Poynter, Tamim Ansary and Susan Wiggs. Access to 50+ sessions. Pitch your work at Ask-a-Pro and Speed Dating for Agents.

Alon shalev
“An.author.is.a.writer.who.never.gave.up.” I have been writing political fiction for about ten years. My latest novel, Oilspill.dotcom.(available in digital form on Scribd and Smashworks), is a courtroom drama that highlights the abusive way multinational corporations treat individuals. It is based upon the McDonalds libel trial that took place in London in the 1990s (though I’ve added some partially factual sex, bribery, and infiltration!). My next novel, Unwanted.Heroes, transpires in San Francisco and highlights the way we treat war vets and the homeless. Through Scribd and Smashworks, I am participating in Operation E-Book Drop, a program where soldiers can download my novel for free. I run a nonprofit in SF that supports students. I also take groups to New Orleans to help heal and rebuild the city and community. I am the founder of the Berkeley Writer’s Circle. My Web site is
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Event & writing contest details:

www.SFWriters.org See You There!

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www.alonshalev.com, and my email is alshalev@bigfoot.com. Next year I hope to publish Unwanted.Heroes.and write a sequel, also based in San Francisco. I want to increase my speaking opportunities and build my name as a political author. I love networking within the writing world, and the CWC provides me this possibility. I have learned a lot from our speakers: Kemble Scott, for example, motivated me to publish Oilspill.dotcom in digital form.”

Barbara Gilvar
I recently moved back to California from the East Coast. While my official move was still in progress, I discovered CWC and joined in the summer of 2009. My plan is to complete a historical novel based on letters that are family heirlooms. I have written many short stories, which I have never tried to publish. Two of my nonfiction books have been published: one by an association and the other self-published. The Web site for the newest book is www. theartofhiringleaders.net. My email is: barbaragilvar@ earthlink.net.

next year are to learn the craft of writing, meet with other CWC writers, join groups, and attend as many functions as possible. I benefit most from getting out and meeting new people with similar interests. My favorite adage for writers is “There is always something new.” My favorite books are God.Is.an. Englishman,.Gone.with.the. Wind,.and.The New Testament. The last book I read was the last Harry.Potter book. My hobbies and activities are cooking, dreaming REM and non-REM, and traveling. My Web site is www.daviefirestar. com, and I can be emailed at ccc0149@yahoo.com.

SlightlyTrue.com. In keeping with my “slow ethic,” I am working at a glacial pace on a novel-length piece about an English village of golf-obsessed residents and a dangerous golf course with a mind of its own. I have impeccable credentials for writing this story—I was raised by golf-addicted parents in a village outside of Oxford.

deborah Frisch
I teach English as a Second Language at Albany Adult School, Cornell School, and AUSD, and have been a CWC member since September 2009. Writing genres: nonfiction and children’s lit. Writing goal for 2010: to finish a memoir called A.Mango.for.the. Teacher:..Stories.from.Cancun’s. Early.Days. I enjoy the CWC for meeting writers, sharing writing, and getting a laugh out of what we’re doing. My favorite books: The. Poisonwood.Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver, and Master.and. Commander, by Patrick O’Brian. The last book I read: Charming.Billy, by Alice MacDermott. My favorite book on writing: Writing.Down.the. Bones, by Natalie Goldberg. Hobbies and activities: photography, hiking with the Newtniks, biking, and singing with Berkeley Broadway Singers. Web site: www. xicalangopress. com promotes a game that I developed and produced for Spanish-speakers
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Christopher Richards
I make my living by ghostwriting. I help business people and nonprofit organizations write books. I was educated within the British art-school system, which failed to cure me of my lifelong habit of indiscriminate and promiscuous reading. As a way to find my voice as a humorous writer, I created The.International.Institute.of. Not.Doing.Much (IINDM) at www.SlowDownNow.org. More recently, I’ve written a couple of children’s stories, one of which I recorded with sound effects at www.

david Andrew simmons
I joined the CWC-BB in 2009. I’m an entertainer singer/songwriter/and selfpublished author whose most recent work is Culloden.Field (a work inspired by a CD of mine that was dubbed “Braveheart: The Musical” by The.Toronto. Star). My writing goals for the

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“May you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
—Ray Bradbury
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Greetings,.and.thank.you.for.reading.this..What.follows.is.the. first.in.a.series.of.essays.on.the.writing.of.my.recently.completed. novel,.Dragon’s Ark..I.first.posted.these.essays,.starting.a.couple. of.years.ago,.on.Blogspot.and.later.on.the.Red.Room.Web.site.for. writers..I.am.now.presenting.them.here,.slightly.reedited,.for.CWC. members..I.hope.you.find.them.useful,.entertaining,.and.even. inspiring. In May 2009, I finished the second draft of my debut novel— and the subject of these essays—Dragon’s.Ark. Don’t fret. No spoilers lurk ahead. But I will try to answer the questions that have so many folks bouncing like kittens: “Gee whiz, Mr. Burchfield! How’d’ja do it!? Gosh! It must be fun to write a novel! What’s it like?” Well, it’s like this: Several years ago, on a summer evening stroll along a High Sierra road in beautiful Alpine County, California, my wife Elizabeth, who misunderstood my anxiety over the eighteen-wheelers that thundered by us inches away, like elephants looking for small animals to squash, made an offhand tease that lit up my Muse. That was one of those moments every writer—especially fiction writers—pray for. As I looked at the saw-toothed, treelined world around us, the sky dimmed to a sparkling moonless black, the crimson sunset faded, and a path only I saw in my imagination wound away ahead of me into a new moonlit landscape. At the time, I’d been swamping around inside another book. My day job was patiently turning my mind to jelly as rust crept through my soul. I was already laying down the floor on my editing business. Sometime after that night in Alpine County, I decided to entomb the old book for another day (and maybe for good). This new idea insistently flitted around in my skull with soft black wingtips: The kind of idea that comes to the window of dreams, night after night. I briefly considered writing this new idea as a screenplay. But I’m too old to sell screenplays anymore, and the Muse insisted this story would work better as a novel. I could take the narrative into places strictly forbidden by a screenplay’s tight fences and small rooms. I could better evoke the beauty of this mountain place I love. And supernatural novels are often interior. narratives that take us on dark journeys through the inner landscapes of their characters, something that few movies do well. The new novel, at the time called.The.Vampire.of.Alpine. Canyon, would be my fourth attempt at finishing one. Until I read Norman Mailer’s The.Spooky.Art, I had no idea that you could fail at writing a novel, come back and try again, several times even,
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who are learning English. (I don’t have a Web site as a writer yet—email me at dndn12@mac.com.) Favorite writers’ Web site: my friend Rene Colato Lainez’s www. renecolatolainez.com. Most recent publication:a letter in the Berkeley.Daily. Planet (April 2009). Community service: I work with Concerts with BBS and holiday meal distribution for Jewish Family Services. Favorite writing adage: “Writing.makes.sense.of.the. world,.on.paper.”

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before finally publishing one. I thought everybody had to be like Pynchon and Salinger: bash home runs at first bat. Or at least get on base. On Monday, November 7, 2005, I got up around 6:30 a.m., pressed the coffee pot button, and watched the Today.Show with Elizabeth for half an hour. Then I dressed, entered the office, sat down at my desk, turned on the computer, put on some music, and thought and typed, thought and typed for maybe an hour or two. Then I worked to build my brand-new business. As I do with workshops, I avoid “how-to” books (one or two will do, in my mind), but I read a lot about writers’ working lives—how the Norman Mailers and Joyce Carol Oateses of the world go through (and survive) their workdays. Here’s a problem I shared with many of them: I recalled how the writing of my previous failed novels were often as boring as my day job. For example, how and why my monster opens a door can be a rather dry technical matter: It’s hardly more inspiring than sorting boxes of legal documents. Like being a law clerk, writing a book involves a stultifying amount of detail. There are serious bureaucratic procedures involved. Nor could I spend much of my first draft dwelling on those details. Most of the time, I blundered on, from one chapter to another, like stumbling through a house, room to room. “Worry about it later,” became a frequent mantra. As Truman Capote once nailed Jack Kerouac for doing, I was often only “typing.” Of course, this is not On.the.Road. It’s not even Breakfast.at. Tiffany’s. It’s a genre novel, a classic example of This Happened and Then That Happened. Details? I knew if thought about them too much in this first draft, I would go mad and quit. Again. I thought and typed and thought and typed until August 21, 2006. I made no outline, though I did draw up a character and location list. Many writers swear by outlines; others jump right in with only an idea of their destination. I took the second route. Like all the writers I read about, I had to find my own way of doing it. Sometimes I felt inspired. Many times, I was . . . typing . . . but even those moments seemed to go smoothly. I always felt I was writing a book that I eventually would want to read. I was haunted. To my bones. Enough to show up at my desk, six days a week. Typing that first THE END felt good. Finally! One whole draft of one whole book! After three tries! I spent a month sleeping late and thinking about other things (like my new business). I knew I’d flown over this new territory only once and hadn’t seen much more than moonlight and shadow. Before long, I would have to take to the sky and fly it again. So what happened next? I’ll tell you next time . . . . —Thomas.Burchfield

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California Writers Club – NorCal Presents:

“Writing in the Redwoods”
Imagine yourself writing in the beauty and serenity of a redwood forest. Don’t just dream it, do it! The Northern California branches of California Writers Club are sponsoring a three day retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This is the perfect opportunity to polish your novel . . . get started on your memoir . . . finish that poetry chapbook . . . far from the distractions of everyday life, and with the companionship of fellow creative souls.

When: April 5-6-7 (with option to stay at the retreat center through April 9) Where: Pema Osel Ling Retreat Center, near Corralitos in the Santa Cruz Mountains http://www.polmountainretreat.com Cost: $206 for two nights, three days, including all meals Facilitators: Volunteers from CWC will act as facilitators; however, the emphasis is on quiet, independent time for writing. In addition to writing, there are walking paths and an outdoor pool, as well as a meditation shrine and amphitheater available for your use. For More Information: Contact Dale King, deking8@msn.com

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