Fiction Two Books

Two Books

I am fortunate to be in writing groups with some great writers.  Two of them have published books recently. If the Dead Could Speak, by Tim Mahoney.  (Goodreads, Amazon) Great noir mystery set in St. Paul Minnesota before Minnesota Nice was in style.  If you like historical fiction, you’ll like this.  Fast-paced Mystery? Ditto.  Lovable …

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Mechanics Ah, yes … Suspense

Ah, yes … Suspense

“Scheherazade avoided her fate because she knew how to wield the weapon of suspense – the only literary tool that has any effect on tyrants and savages.  … She only survived because she managed to keep the king wondering what would happen next. …  (A story) runs like a backbone, or may I say a …

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Mechanics Technical Details

Technical Details

As you have noticed, intrepid readers, I have been away from the blog for a couple of  weeks.  I have a variety of well-rehearsed excuses, but the real reason is that I have been doing the pick-and-shovel work of writing Skins and Bone, whose plot is based on a somewhat intricate set of financial transactions.  …

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Mechanics Another Book on Writing

Another Book on Writing

Several Posts ago, I asked for advice on books on writing.  I got some great answers to add to my short list.  One that I missed is This Year You Write Your Novel, by Walter Mosley.  It’s a great, short, pithy treatise on writing by a skilled and prolific writer.  It speaks to my difficulties …

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Fiction Adding Suspense

Adding Suspense

I read a very nice article this morning in the New York Times by Lee Child called “A Simple Way To Create Suspense“.  Refreshingly free of pretence (yes, I know … ‘pretense’, but Child is British).  So far, my toe-dip into the enormous corpus of literature on writing seems to indicate that most of it …

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Blues Preamble

Preamble

Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages.  Geoffrey Chaucer said that about 600 years ago as part of the prologue to the Canterbury Tales, the first writing we would recognize as English.  I believe it.  What would life be worth if it weren’t a pilgrimage?  Every day.  I hope you will join my pilgrimage.  I’m …

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