Presents of Mind

On good days the Muse brings me "presents" for my writer's mind to play with. But those days are rare.

Ambiguity vs Arbitrariness

vs The two words seem similar, but they aren’t. Be careful you don’t confuse them. Good fiction is chock full of ambiguity. You don’t want to be a master of … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Just Begin Where You Are

So, there you sit alone at some desk or at a table, say, at a cafe, writing tools at hand, maybe a drink of some kind. You made a date … Continue reading

December 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

Best ℞ for Writer’s Block

December 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Literary Equivalent of a Heart Attack”

It was too big for him, that was the truth. It had never really progressed, it had simply fallen apart into a series of fragments. — George Orwell, Keep the … Continue reading

December 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Facing the Page

December 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

Useful Suggestions About the Revision Process

I found these notes about the revision process in one of my old binders. They had no attribution.  Maybe you can find some use for them. In the first draft … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Another Reason We Need Good Writing

Sometimes I get discouraged about writing fiction. I tell myself that in this fast-paced, scientific-rational, digital age, despite the plethora of authors and wanna be authors, fewer and fewer people … Continue reading

December 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

We All Need a Good Frisson

Back in the day I wrote dark horror stories. I really got into it. Every story I wrote eventually found its way into a small press magazine. Later I tried … Continue reading

December 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

Choosing Which Point of View to Use

I’ve always loved first person point of view, stories whose main character is the “I.” In fact, I usually prefer it to limited third person (“he” or “she”) or limited … Continue reading

December 10, 2014 · 2 Comments

Writing in the Wrong Century

Everyone I talk with agrees that time seems to be speeding up. And no wonder, as technology mutates at an exponential rate. There’s little time to relax, little time to … Continue reading

December 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

Sure, Anyone Can Write, but…

I don’t personally know any professional writers, but there’s something about the quote below that describes the temperament of an unemployable (and non-professional) writer like myself. If you write, maybe … Continue reading

December 6, 2014 · 11 Comments

So, You Want to Find a Plot?

December 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

John Berendt’s Handy Dandy Writing Practice

December 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

See You on the Other Side

…and for those of you who are writing a month-long novel, I wish you all the best! (Ok, I know. I vowed I’d never do another NaNoWriMo, but I wanted … Continue reading

November 2, 2014 · Leave a comment
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