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Writing is the most fulfilling thing I do most days. Editing is perhaps the most debilitating. It’s not that I hate the process. In many ways, I find the act of taking something not quite right and making it better gratifying. If that’s all it were, I think most writers would enjoy book editing almost as much as they enjoy the writing of the book. Of course, editing and proofreading are never just editing and proofreading. Writing is never objective, and many of us are our own worst critics. Is this what makes the rewrite so painful? Currently, I am…

I don’t know that it’s my place to be concerned about what 50 Shades of Grey says about us as a society. Fantasizing about abusive scenarios, finding a physically and emotionally controlling partner the “knight in shining armor” of the piece, I don’t understand it. I find the notion of mistreatment, manipulation and total dependence on a person who takes advantage of that vulnerable position more turn-off than turn-on. I’m not interested in being controlled, and neither are my characters. How much of an effect a novel has on its readers is hard to determine. Some, of course, will be…

As far as copyright law goes, 50 Shades of Grey probably doesn’t infringe on Twilight. The copyright holders are not taking action for infringement at any rate, and the opinions of the rest of the public don’t matter much. Let’s be honest. As writers, we get inspiration from all sorts of places. Sometimes, we even find it within other authors’ works. It’s all part of the process. The line between inspiration and intellectual theft can be a hazy one. Most of us, I believe, know instinctively where that line lies and take great efforts to never cross it. It all…

We all know that 50 Shades of Grey is a veritable book series sensation. Most people know that there is some controversy as to whether E.L. James crossed a line in publishing what began as Twilight fan fiction and, for many, bears striking similarities to the source material. As I haven’t read 50 Shades of Grey, nor the Twilight series, beyond the first couple of pages, I can’t add to the argument of whether or not the publishing of the novel was intellectual property theft. I also have no thoughts as to whether E.L. James best-seller is a work worth…