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Coffee on the Deck
by Moira Allen

Coffee on the Deck columns may be reprinted according to the terms and conditions set forth HERE.

2015 Columns:
April 16 - Books: Read and Delete, or Read and Share?
April 2 - To Quit or Not to Quit, Part II: Understanding The Writing Continuum
March 18 - To Quit or Not to Quit, Part I
March 5 - The Perils of the Paperless Office
February 19 - Feeling Like a Fraud
January 15 - The Pen and the Sword
January 2 - Look Both Ways Before Crossing (Off) the Year...
2014 Columns:
The Writer's Gift
A Mission Statement
Charting Our Course for 2015
Creating New Readers
The Power of Rejection
When Evil Empires Collide (Amazon vs. Hatchette)
Writing Time: A Vital Luxury
A Writer's Gotta Have Standards...
The Freedom of the Fourth
Protecting Yourself, Writer-Style
Is Multitasking Good for Writers?
The Secret of Success
It Looks So Easy...
Too Busy Writing to Write
The New Publishing Paradigm - Or Is It?
When I Have Time...
A New Year, a Blank Book

2013 Columns:
Climbing the Mountain
So Many Dreams, So Little Time
'Tis the Season to Get Crafty
A Classical Education, At Last
Mid-Year Course Adjustments
Not for Beginners Only... ("It's Not Just About You")
The One Rule...
What's Wrong with The Writer? Rants and Pants
A Mother's Gift (The Gift of Reading)
So Many Books, So Little Time
Accuracy... It's Not Just for Nonfiction Anymore!
Does Accuracy Matter?
Surviving Without a Computer
Who's In Your Corner? (Tips on Making a Good First Impression)
The Secret of My Success?
Promoting Your Book: Are You Doing the Right Job?
Do You, Author, Take This Novel....?
New Beginnings, Again

2012 Columns:
My Christmas List
Thanksgiving with a Twist
Once More, with Slightly Sharper Teeth (Copyright Infringement)
A Question of Give and Take (Copyright Infringement)
One of the 55 Percent (Adults Who Read YA)
What Do You Want on Your Tombstone?
A Pair of Handy Freebies
Some Things Never Change...
Never Too Early to Give Thanks
Is Writing an Art or a Craft?
Whether to Be Rich, Enriched, or Enriching...
A Revolution We Can't Ignore (More on the E-Book Revolution)
Brave New World... Or Not? (Two Sides to the E-Book Revolution)
The 20% Solution (How Much Do You Need to Change an Article to Make it Original?)
Spring Cleaning
Filling in on Fillers
The Dither Factor
Where Did The Year Go? (Tracking Your Writing Time)

2011 Columns:
Deck the Halls... and Clear the Decks!
The E-Book Revolution: Different Music, Same Song...
Why We Mumble (Plus Tips on Using a Ghostwriter)
The Best-Laid Plans
Grasping at Pennies
Fireworks or a Working Fire? (Or, Bestsellerdom vs. Longsellerdom)
The Secret of Success
Where Were We Then? (Musings on the Royal Wedding)
The Second Time Around: Creativity vs. Drudgery (or, Facing the Second Draft
Is It January Again? Eliminating Timewasters

2010 Columns:
Is It Always Better to Give than to Receive?
Giving Thanks - Or, Why Writers Are Still Needed
Ruminations of the Book Dinosaur
To Lit or Not to Lit?
A Letter from Nigeria, by John Conclivè
We Never Think It Will Happen... (Protecting files and photos from disaster)
What Do You Know?
The Disappearing Writer
Seeking the Muse
Bite-Size Resolutions

2008/2009 Columns:
Permanence vs. Accessibility (or, Books vs. Web)
Grammar Matters!
Remember Summer Vacation?
Feeling Like a Dinosaur
Our Reach and Our Grasp
But First...
Stirring the Nest
Why We Do What We Do
Wish You Merry... (Happy Holidays in Not-So-Happy Times)
Are You Doing What You Love?
Prophets Without Honor
How Do You Define Success?

Moira Allen is the editor of, and has written nearly 400 articles, serving as a columnist and regular contributor for such publications as The Writer, Entrepreneur, Writer's Digest, and Byline. An award-winning writer, Allen is the author of eight books, including Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer, The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals, and Writing to Win: The Colossal Guide to Writing Contests. In addition to, Allen hosts, a growing archive of articles from Victorian periodicals, and The Pet Loss Support Page, a resource for grieving pet owners. She lives in Maryland with her husband and the obligatory writer's cat. She can be contacted at editors "at"

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