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I’ve been to several writers’ conferences over the past decade and always came out with something great – new tools, interesting ideas, useful contacts and always several new friends who are...
Writing can be a lonely occupation. We sit in our writing spaces, typing away, alone, day after day. It is all too easy to turn into a hermit. But help is at hand. Out there are thousands of like-mi...