Dianne L. Durante

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At age 7, I won my first writing award: a three-foot-long fire truck with an ear-splitting siren. I've been addicted to writing ever since. As an independent researcher, freelance writer, lecturer, and tour guide, I indulge my curiosity and share my delight in art and history. For a up-to-date list of my books and essays, see http://diannedurantewriter.com/books-...

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Dianne L. Durante I write nonfiction, so writer's block for me tends to be the result of having too much data that I haven't sorted through. Instead of having an…moreI write nonfiction, so writer's block for me tends to be the result of having too much data that I haven't sorted through. Instead of having an opinion and a narrative that I want to put down on paper, I've got factoids and snippets of emotional responses whirling about in my brain. My cure: I take a legal pad and start trying to corral the factoids into groups, and work out how they fit together, what I want to say about them and their context, and the lessons to be learned from them.(less)
Dianne L. Durante Read a lot, Write a lot. Edit the hell out of what you write, not just at the proofreading level but for clarity and conciseness.
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Outdoor Monuments of Manhat...

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Yemen, In Brief

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This dates to the same period as several novels by Henry Kitchell Webster, whose works I enjoy very much. I was curious to see whether this author had the same sense of life and ability to write. Short answer: nope. Long answer: too much description ...more
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