Author Archives: Julie Stroebel Barichello

The power and importance of constructive criticism

When I finished writing my second novel in seventh grade, I was appalled at the idea of an editor suggesting changes to my masterpiece. “I’m never going to let an editor change my work,” I vowed back then. Erm … … Continue reading

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The woe behind one pink line

As a writer, I love words. I love letters and combining them to build meaning. But there are four letters I don’t like when arranged in a certain order. PCOS. The acronym doesn’t roll off the tongue. It’s an unpronounceable … Continue reading

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New year, same old story

2018 is already more than a week old. Meanwhile, I’m blinking and flabbergasted, wondering, “Where is the time going?” A year ago, I set a goal to finish writing “The Mountain of Dempsey Molehill” within the 365-day time frame of … Continue reading

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A day at the American Writers Museum

Writers and readers alike, rejoice! Chicago is home to a new museum tailored just for us. The husband and I spent Thursday afternoon absorbing the halls and galleries of the American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave. An elevator ride … Continue reading

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Home is where the literary link is

A few weeks ago, I had a visit from Susan. Susan grew up in the house my husband and I bought in April. She was visiting Illinois (she now lives in California) and asked if she could drop in to … Continue reading

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Let’s start at the beginning: A writing update

Books start at the beginning. They have a first chapter, a first page, a first word. It’s the logical place to start. That’s also the hardest place for me to begin writing a book. I usually know what happens in … Continue reading

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How readers can react to ‘Handbook’ ruckus

On Thursday, YA organizations and social media were buzzing about the New York Times best-seller list. The short version of what happened: A new teen novel, “Handbook for Mortals,” came out of the blue to bump “The Hate U Give” … Continue reading

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