Monthly Archives: May 2012

Whatever Happened To Less Is More

The other day my friend’s fifteen year old daughter asked me if I have read ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’. When I said no, she went on to wonder whether it is like the Harlequin books or erotica, or porn. I … Continue reading

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Are You A Fan Too

In one of my books on writing, I read that many people go through quotes from famous authors, and read interview after interview with successful writers in the hope that the success will somehow rub off on them, that they … Continue reading

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Set The Ripples Of Imagination

“I believe that any short story can become a novel, and any novel can be converted into a short story or into a poem.” Joyce Carol Oates A short story is not the same as a novel, and the two … Continue reading

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Stop Look Listen

A story – a tale, a narrative, an account, an anecdote. A short story – a tale, a fable, a novella, a parable. I love to read short stories. My all time favorites are: The Necklace- Guy de Maupassant The … Continue reading

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In Search Of Completeness

Things are not looking good again in Lebanon, not with the revolt in neighboring Syria and the political turmoil that is sweeping the Arab world in the name of uprising. For almost a year now I have stopped reading newspaper … Continue reading

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Are We Artists

Blocks are to writers as Unidentified Flying Objects are to other cranks. This is the quote I came across in one of my notebooks that I leaf through once in a while. In my notebook there’s no mention of the … Continue reading

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How Others Are Doing It

That’s the kind of thing writers always want to know. What other writers are doing. Do they have a writing habit? When do they write? How do they write? Tom Wolfe set himself a quota, ten pages a day, triple-spaced, … Continue reading

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