Author Archives: Harvey Ardman

About Harvey Ardman

I’m the author of twenty published books¬ including two spy thrillers, a popular history, and a number of ghost-written biographies, self-help books and similar non-fiction. I’ve also written many TV documentaries for PBS, the Discovery Channel and , A & E. In addition, I've written pieces for Business Week, the Atlantic Monthly and Esquire. I have a MS in journalism from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and a BS in journalism from Northwestern University. My wife and I live in Maine.

What I Learned From Writing Porn

Young actors, as we all know, will take any paying job they can get while hoping for a part—the cliché is that they’ve all waited tables at one time or another. It’s not so different for young writers. They’ll write … Continue reading

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Why Fiction Writing is So Damn Hard–and How to Make it Easier

          Writing fiction is damned hard. We all know that. But why is it so hard? After all, talking—producing a continuous flow of words—is pretty easy. Three-year-olds do it effortlessly. Wait, you say, fiction is different. Oh yeah? What is … Continue reading

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A Plea to Writers from Mr. Average Reader

Dear Sirs and Madams: I have been reading books all of my life and I intend to keep on doing it until the end. I am grateful to you folks for sharing the fruits of your imagination with me and … Continue reading

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What John Hohenber taught me about dealing with NOISE

Once upon a time—and I know this because I saw it with my own eyes—New York City had seven daily newspapers: the Times, the Post, the Herald Tribune, the Daily News, the Mirror, the World-Telegram and the Journal-American. This was … Continue reading

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First review of A.S. Blodgett’s Sensational International Bestseller, “Another Nice Day”

Reprinted from the Review of Literary Books. Review by Eric Fowler-Partridge I’m not going to beat about the bush. A. S. Blodgett’s latest work, “What Happened Then” is one of the year’s finest books. There are characters, many of them, … Continue reading

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How to turn the tables on writer’s block

Writer’s block can take several different forms. The most common is paralysis at the keyboard. You sit, fingers poised, and practically nothing happens. For days or even weeks at a time. But writer’s block can present in other ways. For … Continue reading

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I don’t need no stinkin’ computer

Writing used to be a lot harder, but if you were born after 1975, you probably don’t have the faintest idea what I’m talking about, except if it has been explained to you. You sit at your desk, in front … Continue reading

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What my Aunt Harriet taught me about writing descriptions

Even now, in her 90th year, Aunt Harriet is lively, alert and knowing. She looks at least ten years younger. Decades ago, when I was in high school and she was a young woman, she was quite a package—small, slim, … Continue reading

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What I Learned at the Lincoln Theater about suspenseful writing

When I was in grade school—between WW II and Korea—I went to the Lincoln Theater every Saturday afternoon, along with hundreds of other little boys. We came to see the double-feature: two cowboy movies. The Lincoln Theater, the most decrepit … Continue reading

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What Bob Metcalfe taught me about grabbing the reader’s attention

          Back in the mid-1990s, two well-known technology gurus who had homes in or near Camden, Maine, got together with a dozen or so local technology-aficionados, me among them, and founded Pop!Tech, an annual technology conference—the East Coast version of … Continue reading

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