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If They Only Wrote So Much Less

I read an interesting book recently called The Main, written by Trevanian, an author unknown to me. I had never heard of him before. A friend of mine, himself also a writer and a retired English teacher, recommended it to … Continue reading

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I Had A Book There

Do you torture yourself for not starting your book? You know you have it in you, but for one reason or another you can’t start. Either the process scares you, or you’re not sure about the end result. You wonder … Continue reading

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I Do Not Try To Steer My Characters

Are you a spontaneous writer? Or do you plan your novel and characters from before? Do you plan your scenes and plots and incidents in advance? Do you know what your characters will do and think every time they are … 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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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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