Monthly Archives: March 2012

No Need To Be

“But I hate things all fiction… there should always be some foundation of fact for the most airy fabric — and pure invention is but the talent of a liar.” Lord Byron Fiction: Creative writing, literature, invented story, imaginary tale, … Continue reading

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Not Once Not Twice

“People say that I write simply, but they don’t realize how much I rewrite.” Brian Moore Years ago when I was teaching mathematics in high school, I used to tell my students that each time they wrote an exam, they … Continue reading

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Never Say Never

Remember when we were kids and we did something we were criticized for? We felt angry and rebellious and the first thing we did was argue and defend ourselves. And later as a teenager all we wanted was to be … Continue reading

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Spend The Night With The Other

“If one has any idea what one was going to write, before doing it, before writing, one would never write. It wouldn’t be worth it anymore.” Marguerite Duras Every time I sit down to write a blog post I surprise … Continue reading

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Would You Like To Be A Thing?

Margaret Atwood’s New York based editor asked her once, “What are you in Canada now anyway? I mean, here you are a writer but what are you up there? Are you a thing?” “I used to be a writer, and … Continue reading

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A Mysterious Phenomenon

“I’ve read a lot about the creative process. It’s a mysterious phenomenon. I don’t know what makes it work or what makes it malfunction as often as it works.” William Styron Years ago, when I finished my first book, my … Continue reading

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New Beginning

“We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.” Ralph Waldo Emerson I do agree with Emerson that … Continue reading

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You May Have Heard Of Him Too

In the chapter ‘How to Spur Men On To Success’ Dale Carnegie writes: “Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement. Be hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise.”   Few are the people who have done just … Continue reading

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You Begin With Words

“The theme of art is the theme of life itself.” Lawrence Durell Theme is topic, idea, or subject matter. It is merely a simple way of defining what you are writing about. When I think of ‘theme’ bad memories come … Continue reading

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Mirror Mirror

Originality is the key to success. This is the notion on which writing instructors, coaches and almost all writers agree. In order to succeed, in order for your writing to catch the attention of your readers as well as that … Continue reading

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