Presents of Mind

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

Tribute to Galway Kinnel

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

October 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

Staying in the Ring

  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

October 29, 2014 · 3 Comments

Courage

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

October 28, 2014 · 9 Comments

Aspiration

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.

October 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

Writing Hygiene #9

October 23, 2014 · 4 Comments

What Keeps Me Awake at Night

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

October 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

How to Be a Genius at Writing Fiction

  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

October 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

Writing Hygiene #8

October 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Finding Strong Story Legs

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

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Writing Hygiene #7

October 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

Writing Hygiene #6

October 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Writing Hygiene #5

October 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Cracks That Let the Light In

October 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why I Write

Last night a blood moon was visible in our region of the planet. Millions watched it. Some could care less. “Seen one blood moon, you’ve seen them all.” Try it. … Continue reading

October 9, 2014 · 3 Comments
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