Sarah Baughman

Can a Foreign Language Enhance your Writing?

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Today’s post is written by regular contributor Sarah Baughman. If you’ve read Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, you’ll know—regardless of what you think of the narrator’s morals—it’s full of rich language: literary allusions, elevated diction, alliteration, detailed and unusual imagery, and wry humor. Nabokov handles his rather sordid subject with a linguistic sophistication any writer would admire, […]

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Do Writers Need to Write by Hand?

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Sarah Baughman. Leading a discussion at a writing workshop a few summers ago, I fielded a question that struck me first as funny, then as thought-provoking: one participant wanted to know how often I drafted stories and poems by hand. I stumbled over the answer at first; I […]

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Should Writers Pay to Use Duotrope?

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Sarah Baughman. A writer friend and I recently tried to justify why we’ve done such a terrible job of submitting our work to literary magazines. We arrived at a pretty simple answer: time. First there’s the actual writing. Then the revising, and the obsessive re-revising. But after this substantive work […]

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Next Steps: How to ‘Do More’ with Your Writing

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Sarah Baughman. A friend recently wrote to ask for writing advice. “I’ve been thinking I might want to try to do more with writing,” she said, “and I truly have no idea of best next steps.” This friend already has a personal blog she uses mainly to keep in […]

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Writing Lapses: 5 Tips to Get You Back on Track

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Sarah Baughman. True confession: for the past three months, I’ve been a terrible writer. That’s not to say I’m usually great. But this summer, I disappeared completely from the writing scene: no blogging, no tweeting, no creative composition of any kind, and totally unreliable emailing. I became exactly […]

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How to Write Your Truth, Even In Public

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Today’s post is written by regular contributor Sarah Baughman. Writing is a conundrum: highly personal, yet undoubtedly public. On the one hand, we write what matters most to us, weave our deepest feelings into characters and scenes, offer confessions, feel nervous to share what we’ve crafted, talk about loving “the process” whether or not we find […]

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