My posts are usually dedicated to fiction, but when I heard the Pulitzer-prize-winning poet, Kinnel, died this week at 87 at his home in Vermont, I wanted to pay a … Continue reading
The following excerpt is from David Remnick’s New York Times 2000 article reprinted in his collection of writings, Reporting. The article is “Cornerman: Teddy Atlas,” about staying in the … Continue reading
I’m going to do it. I’m going to do what I said I’d never do again. I’m going to write a novel in 30 days. The NaNo thing. Yup, I’ve … Continue reading
To live is to suffer. My greatest aspiration is to write clear, vivid sentences about what it is to be alive. Every word must come from that understanding.
Stories get written with pain and sweat and frustration. They incubate with headphones over my ears and letting go of the fear of imperfection. They sort themselves amidst the chaotic noise of life. … Continue reading
The first rule of fiction writing is, Don’t bore the reader. The second rule of fiction writing is, Don’t bore the reader. The third rule of fiction writing is, … Continue reading
I used to use a lot of flowery adjectives in my fiction, which meant my verbs and nouns couldn’t dress, stand up, or cook meals for themselves. They had no legs … Continue reading