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Is Writing A Book Horrible?

In his book Why I Write, first published in 1946, George Orwell writes: “Putting aside the need to earn a living, I think there are four great motives for writing, at any rate for writing prose. They exist in different … Continue reading

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I Have Learned Less About Writing

“I have learned less about writing and received less encouragement from English instructors than I have from reading or listening to a working artist relate how a single creation- poem, play, short story, novel- was brought to life and to … Continue reading

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Silent Screams

“Mom I put the book back in the library. Sorry I couldn’t read past the first few pages. It’s such a bad book.” “You don’t have to apologize,” I said and thought about the book. The book she referred to … Continue reading

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Which One Of These Writers Are You?

Do you believe in lucky charms? Do you have a ring, or bracelet or a scarf, or hat, or a dress that you think if you wear you would be lucky? Perhaps a habit that you start your day with, … Continue reading

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What Do You Think?

Decades ago in the mid 1980s, months after I had just moved to Dubai to work, I became a member of the Dubai Arts Society. As members we used to meet in a villa near the beach. One of the … Continue reading

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Five Years In A Room

Have you ever felt stuck? While writing your story or novel, have you ever felt blocked about it so much so that the whole business of creating, crafting and producing works of fiction seems uncertain to you? Years ago, while … Continue reading

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To New Beginnings

Do you have New Year’s resolutions? Did you make any? Well, for a change I did. Normally I don’t make any resolutions for New Year simply for the fact that I won’t be able to keep them. I know I … Continue reading

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So What Happened To Us?

The other day I was listening to some music on the radio when I heard a rap by some singer that basically had no lyrics other than the f-word in all its grammatical forms. It’s like that rapper had taken … Continue reading

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I Wanted To Read More About Her

Edgar Allan Poe wrote: “Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”  Yesterday morning I was reading an interview with Jodi Picoult. I had never heard of Jodi while living … Continue reading

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There Will Always Be

During a recent talk with a friend last week she mentioned the names of three books that I would be interested to read. As soon as I had the chance, I went online to order the books. All three were … Continue reading

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