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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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If Only The Two Had Met!

“No son of a bitch that ever won the Nobel Prize ever wrote anything worth reading afterwards.” wrote Ernest Hemingway. “Faulkner was a no-good son of a bitch. All a man needed, in order to do 5,000 words a day … Continue reading

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Did Nicholas Sparks Copy?

When I first read “A Walk To Remember” in 1999, by Nicholas Sparks, I was reminded of another novel “Love Story” that I had read decades earlier. “Love Story” is a novel written by Erich Segal in 1970, which was … Continue reading

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The Author Is Not The Same Man

Graham Greene wrote: “Since the novel takes perhaps years to write, the author is not the same man at the end of the book as he was at the beginning… as though (the novel) were something he had begun in … Continue reading

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Your Writing Can Be As Good As

Novels or stories belong to two categories. Either driven by character or driven by plot or story line. Of the novels based on character, who can forget Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, or Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot, or The Brothers Karamazov, or Charles … Continue reading

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Rejection!

Rejection, or the “R” word, is the most dreaded word of a writer. It is so powerful that it can have a negative impact on the writer, so much so that some writers have great difficulty in handling it and … Continue reading

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Do Agents Really Know

Years ago I sought the advice of a professional agent from an Author’s Advisory Service in the UK, about a book I was planning to write. I wanted to know whether it would have any commercial value after completion, and … Continue reading

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