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scri·ven transitive verb /’skrivən/

archaic: to put in writing, especially with an expansive love of words

Welcome to Scriven by Garen, the story of my writing life. I am freelance writer and novelist, Garen Glazier. Take a look at my latest blog post, get to know me through ten of my favorite books, glance at my published work, read a bit about my novel On the Verge, or send me an email.

Thankful for You

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It’s been eight months since my last post. That post in March was about my goals for the year and those same goals are why… Continue Reading

It’s Never too Late for Some Resolutions

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I realized a few days ago that I never wrote my annual goals post for 2017. I usually do it around January 1st but that… Continue Reading

A post in which I answer the question, “Garen, are you doing any writing lately?”

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I’m always super grateful when people ask me how my writing is going. And that’s not just a hollow platitude. I seriously do appreciate it… Continue Reading

Toddlers Be Crazy

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She is screeching. Again. We’re in a quiet bookstore on a weekday afternoon. There’s no other family in sight, even in the children’s section. The… Continue Reading

Fantasy Favo(u)rites Read-a-Thon

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It’s been 10(!) weeks since I last posted on Scriven by Garen. It’s been 2.5 months of conferences, colds, graduations, vacations, deadlines, weddings, and a… Continue Reading

The Wishing Tree. Some Flash Fiction Therapy.

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Sometimes I get in a mood that only fiction can help. When writing’s the only remedy, there’s always the comfort of a little fictional revenge… Continue Reading

A Writing Experiment in which Garen Attempts Poetry

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So I’ve been wanting to write a poem for a while now. It’s one form of the written word that I haven’t attempted since probably… Continue Reading

To My Daughter on Her First Birthday

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Dear Bean, There are certain things I know to be true. Among them are standard measurements of time. There are 24 hours in a day… Continue Reading

Flash Fiction Friday: Flesh and Blood

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It’s only been two weeks since I said I was taking a break from Scriven by Garen but I can’t stay away for long. Plus… Continue Reading

Done and done.

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This is it. Number 52 of 52 in my year-long quest to write a post every week for Scriven by Garen. I did it, and… Continue Reading

A crazy little story for Micro Flash Fiction Friday

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It has been a crazy week and a crazy week deserves a crazy story. A few months ago, I asked people for words I could… Continue Reading

Why I Can’t Get a Story About a Couple of Monks out of My Head

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Some monks are making me agitated! Okay, not actual monks, but a story about them that I can’t seem to get out of my head… Continue Reading

Goals Redux

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It’s the time of the year for goal-making, and it’s the time of the year for reflection. Back in March I made a list of… Continue Reading

Tis the Season for a Little Krampus Flash Fiction

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My Christmas gift to you: some flash fiction with a dark, yuletide theme. Krampus is a creature that’s gotten a lot of buzz lately and… Continue Reading

Jumping on the Adult Coloring Book Bandwagon

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I had to give it a try. This coloring books for adults phenomenon. I mean it’s become so popular they even had a ginormous stack… Continue Reading

Sequel second-guessing, review wrangling, and other alliterative authorial adversities.

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There’s a yellow notebook upstairs sitting on my nightstand. It has a bunch of scribbles in it, the beginnings of an outline for the follow-up… Continue Reading

14 Million People Have this Autoimmune Disease and I’m One of Them

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For the last few weeks I have felt generally happy and energetic. This is my baseline. My norm. But for the last four and a… Continue Reading

Sitting with Sadness. Lessons from Inside Out.

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On Thanksgiving Eve the Hubs and I sat down and watched Inside Out for the first time, and while Up still wins for most sob-induing… Continue Reading

100 Things That Fuel My Creativity

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This has been a weird week. I’ve got a serious case of back-from-vacation blues and a minor case of food poisoning. There was a major… Continue Reading

A Writer in Paradise

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These are the first words I’ve written in days. There is something called NaNoWriMo happening right now. I think I’m supposed to be writing a… Continue Reading

Some Excuses for Not Writing

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As promised, this week’s blog post is brief. The end of week one of NaNoWriMo is drawing near and I am behind schedule. I had… Continue Reading

Another November, Another Novel

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Each year a growing number of writerly weirdos decides to attempt 50,000 words in 30 days. That’s about 1,666 words a day. In 2013, the last… Continue Reading

Cheers to Nine Years: Celebrating with a Story

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On October 21st the Hubs and I celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary. The date happened to fall on a Wednesday this year so we spent… Continue Reading

Book Update: One Month In

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It’s been exactly one month since On the Verge went live on Amazon. Sales started off well (thanks, friends and family!), and then steadily tapered… Continue Reading

Last Minute Flash Fiction

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I’ve been feeling under the weather all week. Being sick always makes me extra cranky because I hate slowing down. I’ve got things to do… Continue Reading

The Dark, Dreams, and The BFG

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Several weeks ago I wrote about The Phantom Tollbooth (you can read that here), and how Norton Juster’s kid lit masterpiece sparked a lifelong love… Continue Reading

Micro Flash Fiction: Storm

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It’s been a week since my novel debuted on Amazon, and I’ve spent the last seven days hustling, doing my best to get the word… Continue Reading

Welcome to the World Book Baby

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It’s been a long road. Almost two years have passed since I began On the Verge, and yesterday it became available on Amazon for the… Continue Reading

To My Daughter on Her First Day of School

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Dear Bun, Four short years ago you were cozily lodged against my ribs. You would kick like mad, long pushes and short jabs, and I… Continue Reading

Cover Story: Creating On the Verge’s Kick-Ass Cover

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I am so in love with On the Verge’s cover. Every time I look at it I’m filled with warm fuzzies. The credit goes to… Continue Reading

About My Title: On the Verge

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I’m in the midst of a last mad dash to clean up and polish everything I possibly can before I call it a day on… Continue Reading

What Are Your Plot Holes?

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I’m in the final stretch of editing my novel. I am very happy to be typing that sentence, but at the same time I am… Continue Reading

10 Things You Hate About Me: Why Being Friends with an Introvert is Hard

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Like so many things in life, introversion and extroversion are not absolutes. They exist on a spectrum, a sliding scale. Most people fall more towards… Continue Reading

I’m Feeling Good: Novel Coming Soon

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It’s been over two months since I last posted an update about the novel. Exciting things are happening, and I feel the need to share… Continue Reading

My Daughter Wants to be a Mommy When She Grows Up. What’s a Feminist to Do?

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Bun has reached an age where people like to engage her in conversation by asking her questions. They ask her name, how old she is… Continue Reading

Halfway There: Forget Prayers. Give Me Caffeine.

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I’m serious. Where’s my coffee? This week’s post marks the halfway point of the year commitment I made to Scriven by Garen. I have been… Continue Reading

Writers Are a Dime a Dozen. Here’s My Secret Weapon.

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I’ve been feeling a bit low these past couple of days. It’s a funk I get into every now and then when things aren’t going… Continue Reading

Yes, You Are Creative: The Disease of Wasted Talent

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Growing up, going to school, I was content. There are many reasons that contributed to this overall feeling of happiness, but one of them is… Continue Reading

Flash Fiction: The Homunculus

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This past week I finished up the major set of edits to my book that a potential agent suggested I make. I’ve followed up with… Continue Reading

On Running and Birthdays

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Back in March I set some goals for myself for the rest of the year (you can read them here). One of those was to… Continue Reading

10 Things I’m Giving Myself Permission to Do

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I’m inspired this week by a great post on Linked In which I found via Susan Cain’s Facebook page (if you are an introvert or… Continue Reading

The Wisdom of Ratatouille

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I almost didn’t write a post this week. My manuscript needs my attention now, and it’s hard to find time to write. When I do… Continue Reading

Grey Hair Don’t Care

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I got my first grey hair when I was twenty-four. I remember it well because I was getting my hair done for my wedding and… Continue Reading

A Glimmer of Hope on the Agent Horizon

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This is going to be a short post. The reason: I have a lot of work to do. Why do I have a lot of… Continue Reading

Hulk Smash or Hulk Maybe Write Blog Post

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A week ago I got really angry. Seven days later and every time I think about it I start to get angry all over again… Continue Reading

I Like Big Words and I Can Not Lie: My Faults as a Writer

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I read an NPR Books article yesterday on Nancy Reisman’s novel Trompe L’Oeil. I was initially drawn to the review because the book’s title is an… Continue Reading

The Phantom Tollbooth: The Book that Started it All

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I was reflecting on my bookshelf the other night, a little Zen moment in the midst of an over-tired preschooler and a colicky newborn (stereo-screaming… Continue Reading

Flash Fiction – Out of the Ashes: A Dark, Little Cinderella Story

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For this week’s post I decided to try my hand again at flash fiction. This time around I tailored my writing for a flash fiction… Continue Reading

Staycation Inspiration: Filling the Creative Tank with Sights from My Book

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This post was going to be about my travel wish list, and then I had this reality check moment where I realized such a post… Continue Reading

The Personal Values of a Part-Time Writer

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I’ve never been a very good employee. Oh sure, I am conscientious, and I get my work done on time and to the best of… Continue Reading

Thinking Inside the Box: The Power of Constraints

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Think outside the box. It’s a platitude that’s meant to stir the creative mind. Don’t give in to convention, step outside the everyday, be true… Continue Reading

Flash Fiction: Dead Man’s Bells

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It has been awhile since I’ve written any fiction so I thought I would do something a little different with my blog this week and… Continue Reading

The List: 10 Goals for the Rest of the Year

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It’s already been a month since Bean was born. March is usually a slow moving time for me, the last long slog toward spring, but… Continue Reading

Writing a Book was the Easy Part: An Update

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Perhaps the most surprising thing I’ve learned about this writing a novel thing is that the actual creative act of stringing nearly 90,000 words together… Continue Reading

Inspiration or Theft: My Novel’s Origins

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It was very late at night or, really, very early in the morning a few weeks ago, and I was on my way to bed… Continue Reading

The Great Pretender: What Makes Someone a Real Writer

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Some days on this writing journey of mine (okay, most days) I feel like a bit of a faker. There are certain professions when the… Continue Reading

Writing with Kids: Creativity Vampires or Miniature Muses

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As of this morning I’m less than three weeks out from my due date with my second child. His or her imminent arrival fills me… Continue Reading

If I Only Had the Time: The Phrase That Makes Me Cringe

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A few well-meaning people, when I told them I was writing a novel, replied in what is decidedly one of my least favorite ways: “I… Continue Reading

Rejection: Five Ways to Make it Suck Less

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“I’ve discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his judgment and to say in heart of… Continue Reading

The Value of Mistakes

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In a now famous commencement speech delivered in 2012 to the graduating class of Philadelphia’s University of the Arts my favorite author Neil Gaiman eloquently elaborated on… Continue Reading

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