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Deb - The Successful Writer: An Editor’s Perspective

49 Writers - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 5:00am
Source: carpediem
As a freelance editor and writing teacher, I’ve enjoyed working with all sorts of writers on all sorts of projects. Over the years, I’ve discovered there are four basic types of writers—and I’ve realized that at various times during my nearly twenty years of writing and publishing, I’ve fit into each of these four categories myself.
Which type of writer are you?
·         The One-and-Done: This writer revels in the draft, which she pursues with abandon, forsaking sleep, food, and family for the pleasures of freewheeling through her story, spilling words onto the page. Forget mere books—she writes epics, logging thousands of words in each writing session. All year long, she looks forward to NaNoWriMo, when she throws herself into the challenge of drafting an entire novel in thirty days. The One-and-Done is speedy, determined, productive, and wildly imaginative. She has no problem finishing her draft, but in the glow of her accomplishment, she’s prone to releasing her work too soon—and suffering disappointment when it isn’t well-received.·         The Winchester: Remember the Winchester heiress who feared she’d die if she ever quit adding onto her mansion? Some writers suffer from a variation on this malady, writing on and on but never completing a project. Not uncommonly, these writers tend to share a subconscious fear of finishing, which inevitably invites judgment. In other cases, the author just isn’t sure how to finish, and so she keeps on writing and writing and writing and writing…·         The Wheel-Spinner: This writer paces nicely through a project. When she hits a rough patch, she finds her way through to the finish, wisely seeking help wherever it’s needed. Recognizing the difference between a draft and a marketable book, she seeks advice on how to improve her project, then rolls up her writerly sleeves and attempts revision. But somewhere along the way, she gets stuck. She knows change is needed, but the means to accomplish it alludes her. Her wheels spin and spin, rutting her road to completion.·         The Sequoia:This writer is strong and productive, but she started out like all other writers, as one tiny voice in a big literary forest. Hardy and adaptable, she learns, grows, and perseveres through the years. Criticism that makes others wither only strengthens her resolve. She stands tall yet acknowledges her dependence on a vital ecosystem of fellow writers, devoted readers, and insightful editors. She’s seen lean seasons and full ones, but by the time she’s old, you could drive right through her middle and she’d continue to thrive.

As a freelance editor, Deb Vanasse enjoys helping all types of writers. Co-founder of 49 Writers and founder of the independent authors cooperative Running Fox Books, she has also authored sixteen books. Her most recent are Write Your Best Book, a practical guide to writing books that rise above the rest; What Every Author Should Know, a comprehensive guide to book publishing and promotion; and Cold Spell, a novel that “captures the harsh beauty of the terrain as well as the strain of self-doubt and complicated family bonds,” according to Booklist. Her next book, Wealth Woman: Kate Carmack and the Klondike Race for Gold, comes out in April, 2016. 
Categories: Arts & Culture

Chuck Pyle: Colorado’s “Zen Cowboy” Passes at 70

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 7:06pm

Musician, singer, song-writer, Chuck Pyle

I am saddened today to hear of Chuck’s passing.  While I was still in Alaska last weekend, I happened to be telling a friend about Chuck, and I thought that when I would return to Colorado, I would give him a jingle and see where he would be playing and maybe if the timing were right I could go hear his new songs since it’s been about 10 years!  Obviously, I am just a bit too late for that opportunity.

The first time I heard of Chuck Pyle was in 2003 when he sent us his Press Release packet and latest CD’s to review for our Whistlepig House Concert gig in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  I remember the afternoon very well:  my (then) husband was just recovering from appendix surgery enjoying the afternoon sun in my studio while listening to Chuck’s recently released album “Affected By the Moon.”  Grinning, after listening to his first cut, we immediately said simultaneously, “Let’s book this guy!”  After his first performance at our house concert, we hosted him to play our house concert again a year later.  The last time I saw him was during a house concert he was playing near Seattle, Washington in 2005.  Surprised to see me in the audience he grinned, and like any of us who met Chuck, we will say “he treated you as if you were one of his best friends.”  Chuck had a pure spirit.  My condolences to his wife, son, relatives, concert hosts and all his friends!  We’ll be missing him!

Click here to read the Denver Posts’ obituary and the video clip of Chuck Pyle singing one of my favorites of his:  “Colorado.”  Starting off with his car crossing the New Mexico into Colorado border, the scenes in the video are from my neck of the woods in downtown and surrounding areas of one of the most beautiful places in Colorado:  Pagosa Springs.

Traditionally, as any of you who know me personally, I am not a fan of cowboy music.  However, I became wide open to the sounds of the West after hearing Chuck’s music.  Please do yourself a favor and introduce yourself to Chuck Pyle and his music, please visit his website at:

You can listen to a few of Chuck’s songs on You Tube.  I just listened to a sweet “growing older” song called “Now Everything Does”  Click here.

A Celebration of Life honoring Chuck Pyle will be held on Saturday, November 14 beginning at 11:00 AM at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy 105 in Palmer Lake, Colorado 80133

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Chuck Pyle Memorial Fund. Donations can be sent to:

Chuck Pyle Memorial Fund
PO Box 726
Palmer Lake, CO 80133

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