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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 Impulse To Write A Novel

“The impulse to write a novel comes from a momentary unified vision of life.” Angus Wilson Throughout the years I have always loved and appreciated the simple things that life has thrown my way. I thrive on the relationships I … Continue reading

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Sweet Panic

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Mark Twain For the past few weeks I’ve been hesitant to start on my new project. Each time I decide to sit at my desk to write that first chapter I end … Continue reading

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Never Talk To Anyone

“However am now going to write a swell novel- will not talk about it on account the greater ease of talking about it than writing it and consequent danger of doing same.” Ernest Hemingway (in a letter to F. Scott … Continue reading

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Where Did The Writer Go

“Formerly we used to canonize our heroes. The modern method is to vulgarize them. Cheap editions of great books may be delightful, but cheap editions of great men are absolutely detestable.” Oscar Wilde Have you seen Richard Eyre’s film Iris, … Continue reading

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No Need To Be

“But I hate things all fiction… there should always be some foundation of fact for the most airy fabric — and pure invention is but the talent of a liar.” Lord Byron Fiction: Creative writing, literature, invented story, imaginary tale, … Continue reading

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Not Once Not Twice

“People say that I write simply, but they don’t realize how much I rewrite.” Brian Moore Years ago when I was teaching mathematics in high school, I used to tell my students that each time they wrote an exam, they … Continue reading

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Never Say Never

Remember when we were kids and we did something we were criticized for? We felt angry and rebellious and the first thing we did was argue and defend ourselves. And later as a teenager all we wanted was to be … Continue reading

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A Mysterious Phenomenon

“I’ve read a lot about the creative process. It’s a mysterious phenomenon. I don’t know what makes it work or what makes it malfunction as often as it works.” William Styron Years ago, when I finished my first book, my … Continue reading

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New Beginning

“We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.” Ralph Waldo Emerson I do agree with Emerson that … Continue reading

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