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Starting a Re-write

Andrea Cagan - Monday, February 26, 2018
Starting a Re-write
I recently picked up a first draft of a book I was writing a while ago and decided to dig in and do another draft. But apparently my manuscript had other ideas. As I read the material through, I knew something was missing. It wasn’t hanging together properly, it didn't sound like me, but I was stumped as to what was wrong and what I should do. Indignation rose up. This story was mine. I had created it, developed the characters, chosen a plot line, worked out the pacing, and now, I couldn’t figure out how to pick up where I left off. I just couldn't get back in there.  

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The Olympic Experience: Failures & Successes

Andrea Cagan - Wednesday, February 21, 2018
The Olympic Experience: Failures & Successes

Two nights ago, a favored ice dancer in the Olympics, Gabriella Papadakis, had a wardrobe malfunction. The fear and upset in her face reminded me of various missteps I made when I was in the ballet. The French couple won the Gold anyway but she’ll never forget the dread of her costume falling off her chest. She called it her worst nightmare. I can relate. 

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Do you take things personally?

Andrea Cagan - Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Do you take things personally?

As a professional writer, I’m often under scrutiny when I write. If I’m writing my own pieces, chapters, essays or books, it’s all free form, a thrill when the words start to appear on the blank page. But when I ghostwrite and collaborate, I have several people to please: the client for whom I’m writing the book, the agent who has a bad habit of sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong, and then there’s me.
 

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Election or Three Ring Circus?

Andrea Cagan - Saturday, January 23, 2016
Election or Three Ring Circus?

I’m not in the habit of writing political blogs but how can anyone overlook what’s going on during this election cycle of 2016? From hideously coifed reality stars to religious fanatics, from failed CEOs to dynasty members, from climate change deniers to the emergence of a new term called “democratic socialist, from racist hypocrites to immigrant haters, have we ever seen anything like it? It sounds more like a three ring circus than a slate of would-be presidents.  

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The Learning Curve

Andrea Cagan - Friday, July 24, 2015
The Learning Curve

The past few months have been filled with so many new twists and turns, it leaves me breathless as I think back. I took on the task of self-publishing my memoir partially to avoid certain miseries like rejection, (I had no interest in facing the kinds of cruel comments and rejections typical of agents and publishers), endless waiting and criticism about what did or did not belong in my book. I figured that this was my memoir and I was the only one qualified to make those choices. Granted, publishers have tough decisions to make, but I often wonder if they put any thought into the fact that there is a human being on the other end of the manuscript they are evaluating and criticizing, choosing and/or tossing aside. 

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Self-Publishing

Andrea Cagan - Thursday, June 25, 2015
Self-Publishing

When I began writing for a living several decades ago, publishing your own book was considered a last resort. Something you did after exhausting all other dignified possibilities. There were a spattering of companies to choose from that all carried the pejorative term “Vanity Press.” As if publishing your own book was self-serving, a disrespectful act of vanity. Clearly, this was before “selfies” became a household word. 

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What is Dialogue?

Andrea Cagan - Wednesday, May 09, 2012
What is Dialogue?

When I decided to create blog capabilities on my web site, I didn’t know what I wanted to say. I just wanted to be able to say something, as the spirit moved me, to more than one or two people at a time, and create a dialogue – which is tricky for some of us.  

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