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The Crisis Of The Novel!

Going through the books in my library the other day, I came across the classics. As I dusted and rearranged those books I couldn’t help but wonder if any of the new generation has read these books other than those … Continue reading

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That Special Voice

In creative writing, perhaps the most difficult part is writing dialogue. As a writer not only do you have to create different and outstanding characters but also create a way they talk that should distinguish them in your story. In … Continue reading

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Better To Forget And Make Do

“Are you ‘pleased, contented, joyful, delighted’? Do you feel ‘lucky, fortunate’? Are things ‘clever and fitting,’ ‘successful and suitable’ for you?” Leo Auffmann asks his wife Lena. (Leo, who is a character in Ray Bradbury’s book Dandelion Wine, was asked … Continue reading

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Larger Than Life Characters

A couple of months ago I read a book by David Baldacci, Hour Game, that I have been thinking about ever since. Not because it was an outstanding book, nor because the story was exceptional (which it wasn’t). No. Something … Continue reading

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Another Human Being On The Page

“The novelist’s job is to see and say clearly what people are.” John Masters Do you ever get stuck while creating your characters? Some seem to be dull, others cliché and you spend endless hours thinking how to make them … Continue reading

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There Are No Rules

Nina Bawden once said: “You know people better in a novel than in real life because you know what people think – not just what they say they think.” During a Writers News correspondence course on novel writing, after I … Continue reading

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A Far-Seeing Place

“My name is Stephen King. I’m writing the first draft of this part at my desk. There are things on my mind. Some are worries, some are good things, but right now all that stuff is up top. I’m in … Continue reading

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That One Great Novel

John Grisham, the internationally bestselling author whose books have been translated to forty languages, said once in an interview that he still wants to write that one great novel. Most authors when interviewed would voice with John Grisham. That’s because … Continue reading

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Are You A Bleeder?

I don’t remember when or why I started writing. I remember being in elementary school, in grade four or five, sitting at my desk and writing stories during class. And I also remember the time when I had to undergo … Continue reading

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Have I Missed Something?

Once in a while I get this feeling that I have missed something and that I have chosen a wrong career. How I wish sometimes that I had studied English Literature in university instead. My love of books and writing … Continue reading

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