Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

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I host "Writers on Writing," which airs Wednesdays at 9 a.m. PT on KUCI-FM (www.kuci.org) and streams live. (On iTunes, too, under college radio.) The show is podcast at http://writersonwriting.blogspot.com and penonfire.com. More than 600 shows have been podcast, including goodreads members/authors Cheryl Strayed, Gayle Brandeis, Mary Castillo, Phil Doran and Jim Tomlinson. I teach online through Gotham Writers Workshop. I'm working on a novel. I have a son, cats, I knit, weave, and love baseball. My book is Pen on Fire (Harcourt, 11th printing) and I have a story included in the anthology, USA noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series (Akashic) and other stories published online at The Big Click and elsewhere. And, if that's not enough, I have a ...more

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Barbara DeMarco-Barrett I do freewriting. I pick a couple of words, set the timer, and don't stop until the timer goes off. Works every time.
Barbara DeMarco-Barrett I have to start writing to get inspired. Once I'm in the chair (or on the sofa, as it were), and I start working, I'm inspired to continue.…moreI have to start writing to get inspired. Once I'm in the chair (or on the sofa, as it were), and I start working, I'm inspired to continue. Inspiration is rarely flung at me from some unnamed source. Writing begets more writing.(less)
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Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman's...

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I'm going into the hospital tomorrow for surgery and a short stay and I'm contemplating reading material. Do I bring what I'm reading now (Orhan's Inheritance, which isn't dark but it's serious fiction and I love it), something light and perky (though the lightest and perkiest books on my shelf are by Elinor LIpman and I've already read them), or magazines?

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USA noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated Jan 08, 2015 09:05AM
Description: A compilation of "the best of" Akashic's US noir collections. My story, "Crazy for You," included in 2010's Orange County Noir, was chosen for this collection.
Orange County Noir (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated Jan 08, 2015 08:58AM
Description: Another in Akashic's noir series, this collection of original short stories focuses on the dark side of the land of real housewives.
The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing (St. Martin's Press, 2003), edited by Tim Harper (Reference)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:32PM
Description: A Professional Guide to the Business, for Nonfiction Writers of all Experience Levels
Knitting Through It (Voyageur, 2008), edited by Lela Nargi (Nonfiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:32PM
Description: Inspiring stories for times of trouble.
Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman's Guide to Igniting the Writer Within (Nonfiction)
0 chapters   —   updated Jun 20, 2007 01:48PM
Description: A quirky inspirational book on how to write using lil bits of time.
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“When you travel with your family, you may not get the volume of work done you would if you were alone, but you can still do something while recharging. If nothing else, you can gather your own thoughts, write down ideas, observe people around you, and reflect on experiences. Working doesn't always mean putting words on paper.”
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“Rituals help us change modes.”
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“Sound is so important to creative writing. Think of the sounds you hear that you include and the similes you use to describe what things sound like. 'As she walked up the alley, her polyester workout pants sounded like windshield wipers swishing back and forth.' Cadence, onomatopoeia, the poetry of language are all so important. Learn all that you can about how to bring sound into your work.”
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Daniel
Barbaea, I've added your book Pen on Fire to my to-read list.


message 1: by John (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:01PM)

John Hi Barbara,

I checked out your podcasts...They are GREAT! Your style of interviewing brings out the best in your guests and offers the listener a treasure trove of insights into writing...making the somewhat nebulous craft of writing a little less enigmatic...

Keep up the GREAT JOB!!!


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