Monthly Archives: April 2012

Who Can Forget A Gag

For the past few months I have been posting articles about writing, something I love to do most and talk about most, but as Hillaire Belloc writes: “Of all fatiguing, futile, empty trades, the worst, I suppose, is writing about … Continue reading

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Tolstoy Calls It Infection

“Great art is when a great man who has the highest life-conception of his time tells what he feels. Then the infection is universal. Everybody understands it and at once.” Leo Tolstoy Did you ever think of writing about an … Continue reading

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Do You Agree With Stephen King

Stephen King writes: “Both Rowling and Meyer, they’re speaking directly to young people. … The real difference is that J.K. Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.” He goes on … Continue reading

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Jump Run Freeze

While going through my old notebooks last night, I came across the following. List Of Writing Tips — 5/5/03 1) Write every day. 2) Observe and listen. 3) Employ all senses. 4) Use strong verbs. 5) Detail! 6) A specific … Continue reading

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She’s A Real

“But the fact is, she [the muse] won’t be summoned. She alights when it damn well pleases her. She falls in love with one artist, then deserts him for another. She’s a real bitch!” Erica Jong Have you seen the movie … Continue reading

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Greater Is The Art Of Ending

“Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.” Longfellow Years ago, after reading my short story in my first writing class, the teacher asked, “Why this ending?” “Because while I was still writing I realized … Continue reading

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The Plot Is Simply

“All human happiness and misery take the form of action.” Aristotle Since my young years as a student in high school, I have underlined and highlighted words, sentences, paragraphs and pages of description, characterization, scenes and setting from the different … Continue reading

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Why The Hell Aren’t You Home Writing

Word has it that a Nobel Laureate told a group of writers standing beside a bar that, within a radius of one mile, there were at least a hundred better writers than any of us; the difference between us as … Continue reading

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The Right Word And The Almost Right Word

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” Mark Twain   The other day while I was writing my daughter came into my room. She asked if I was busy, and … Continue reading

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Wonders Of Evolution

“Raid a stationery store. There are innumerable pencils on the market, of all grades of softness and several colors. Try them all; you may find the ideal pencil for your purposes. A medium-soft lead is best for most writers: the … Continue reading

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