Mechanics Writing with Feeling

Writing with Feeling

I read a submission guideline the other day that sliced novelists into ‘beginner’ and ‘experienced’ using the following cleaver:  “you may consider your work for the experienced category if it has been critiqued by people other than friends and family.” I get it.  Your wife’s going to tell you it’s great.  Family harmony vs. weak …

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Mechanics John Grisham and Beethoven’s Ninth

John Grisham and Beethoven’s Ninth

John Grisham, thanks for setting me free. I’m in three writing critique groups.  Twenty or so regulars and some great writers.  We focus down on plot, character voice, technique.  I occasionally worry about over-analyzing everything I read.  Like in college when I had that course in music that took Beethoven’s Ninth apart note by note.  …

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Mechanics The Writing Paradigm

The Writing Paradigm

Ponderous title, no? The paradigm of writing has been one of my discoveries, the kind that slaps you upside the head and then laughs at you when you look back over your benighted stumble toward understanding and realize that it was always there, obvious. You were just too dense to see it. Webster’s defines paradigm …

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Fiction Fiction and reality

Fiction and reality

I have just returned from a trip to reality. In my second novel, a main character is drugged and pushed off a Danube river boat. She ends up in a little town at the eastern edge of Austria called Hainburg an der Donau. With my Internet resources, I was able to see a Google World …

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Uncategorized The World in a Decade – Thanks!

The World in a Decade – Thanks!

When I asked you, my friends and readers, for your take on the world a few years from now, I expected comments responding to the post. I waited and waited and waited … nothing. Then I realized the comment section wasn’t working and your comments were in a special folder in my e-mail.  So I …

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Fiction Big Words

Big Words

Last week, I had one of those epiphanies that come when seemingly unrelated events collide and produce insight.  In my case, three events gave me perspective my habit of (proudly) using big words. The first was wife Beverly chuckling over a John Grisham short story, Fetching Raymond. It’s a wonderfully written story in its own …

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Mechanics Stories vs. Genres

Stories vs. Genres

Over the last couple of years, I have been forced to learn about the difference between the drive to create and the (apparent) expectations of potential readers.  Writing is writing, and the doing of it is reward in itself.  It’s just that you need a  saw and hammer sometimes to fit it into the genre. …

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Mechanics Rollin’ the Stone Up the Hill

Rollin’ the Stone Up the Hill

I knew it had to happen, but I figured I’d be reading Hemingway or Shakespeare, Steinbeck or Joyce when it did. I’m talking about the hit-upside-the-head feeling of being a talentless drudge.  I recognized it right away, because I’ve had it more often than I care to admit as a musician, listening to other guitarists …

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