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Dear Geist, Can you possibly tell me immediately, or sooner, the difference if any between luxurious and luxuriant? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, Am I the only writer who revises by adding stuff to my novel rather than going after the text with a machete? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, When someone writes and sends a letter, who has copyright—the letter writer, or the person it was written and sent to? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, Can you tell me where the expression “It’s not my pigeon” comes from? I overheard someone say it recently, and it brought back my childhood half a century ago. Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, Why do you always write “such as” instead of the easier, quicker and more down-to-earth “like,” in a phrase with one or more examples? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, Does my novel have to be 75,000 words long to get accepted by a publisher or agent? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, When did people stop saying and writing “I’m so excited about your award!” and start saying “I’m so excited for your award!”? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Can you give a high-energy prose writer (me!) some idea of what publishers and agents are looking for in signing up new novels? What’s selling? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, Is the bullet journal an assist for writers, or just another labyrinth in the writing life? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, Wait—a month of writing, with support, perks, prizes, meetups—is NaNoWriMo for real? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, Any pointers on starting up a new column for writers? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, Is it acceptable in the magazine world to let an interview subject read over the transcribed interview and suggest edits? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, What should a writer do when she can't get the perfect ending she planned? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, How does a young writer know what genre is the best one to work in? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, I must take issue with your advice to Tiana in Yarmouth, a writer who hopes to volunteer at a publishing company for a few months. Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, How does a first-time novel writer know when it’s time to show their work to others for comment/critique? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, Is it a mistake to try to write when you really aren’t in the mood? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

Dear Geist, Yes or no: Do writers have to be proficient in spelling and grammar to be any good? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

I’m trying to apply for fellowships (internships) for some magazines to get my foot in the door, but I have no idea how to write my cover letter for these applications! Do you know where I can find some examples of cover letters? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

I belong to no writers’ groups or clubs or anything, and I’d like to find someone to do a first read of my finished novel to provide some advice. How can I find someone to read my book? Read more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

ADVICE FOR THE LIT-LORN
WRITING QUESTIONS, QUANDARIES & PICKLES

 

Can you possibly tell me immediately, or sooner, the difference if any between luxurious and luxuriant

 
—Fingers-Crossed Dean
 

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