Tag Archives: publisher

Blessed To Be Valued As A Woman

“Sometimes I feel quite distinctly that what is inside me is not all of me. There is something else, sublime, quite indestructible, some tiny fragment of the Universal spirit. Don’t you feel that?” ― Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn I read a … Continue reading

Posted in Ramblings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Novel Is A Living Organism

Ray Bradbury wrote: “First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him.” Are you in any way like Ray Bradbury? Do you, once you have an idea for a book, sit at your desk and hit the keyboard … Continue reading

Posted in Ramblings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The Greatest Of Pleasures

Anne Fadiman wrote: “One day, when Sir Walter Scott was out hunting, a sentence he had been trying to compose all morning suddenly leapt into his head. Before it could fade, he shot a crow, plucked a feather, sharpened the … Continue reading

Posted in Ramblings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

We Need Readers Or Else

Every time I publish a new post on my blog, I am anxious to find out if someone other than my husband, who as my kids say is my greatest fan and support, will like it. I wait in anticipation … Continue reading

Posted in Ramblings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Read! Then Write

Lawrence Kasdan, author of Raiders of The Lost Ark, has said that a career in writing “is like having homework for the rest of your life.” Back in the days when I was teaching mathematics in Dubai, I had made … Continue reading

Posted in Ramblings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

One Moment

Lately I have been working on a book that I wrote four years ago, trying to fix it. It had taken me four years to write, during which time my writing was interrupted by major changes in my life, surviving … Continue reading

Posted in Ramblings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

I Am Scared To Think

For the past week I have been posting about writing, sharing my thoughts and recollections with you, sometimes even complaining about publishers, agents and marketing. In doing so, I realized I am spending more time talking about writing than actually … Continue reading

Posted in Ramblings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Wanting To Meet An Author Is Like Wanting To Meet A Duck?

Irving Wallace once said at a writer’s conference: “If you can get excited about the fact that Victor Hugo was born in the French city of Besancon, and that he died in May 1885, then you are either a pedagogue … Continue reading

Posted in Ramblings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

So What Do You Do?

W. Somerset Maugham wrote: “An author is probably the last person who can write fitly about his own work.” I personally agree with what he said. In the process of submitting your work to the publishers and agents, you are … Continue reading

Posted in Ramblings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

“Writing Is Like Milking A Cow”

Do you enjoy writing as much as I do? For me, on the days that I write I feel more alive. I feel like I am living up to something and my days, my life makes more sense to me. … Continue reading

Posted in Ramblings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments