Monthly Archives: August 2017

” Original” Sins

  “Original” Sins No, not those sins. I refer to sins in a writer’s mind. Let me explain: recently I was composing a piece of very short fiction to submit to a contest. I was prepared to hit the submit … Continue reading

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If It Doesn’t Rhyme

If It Doesn’t Rhyme There’s a Reason ‘Cuz it isn’t poetry. It’s prose. Yet much can be learned about writing prose by studying the long-lived appeal of the poem. The tone, the rhythm, indeed the musicality of poetic expression, can … Continue reading

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The Demise of Conversation

(Silence ain’t golden) Emoji this, emoji that. Why bother to converse, or comment for that matter. Time is precious: an email blast of a thumbs-up, a one-click laugh or grimace…why that’s enough isn’t it? Friends, family and fans should be … Continue reading

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AA

No, not THAT “AA”. I’m addressing those addicted to adjectives and adverbs. The people (writers) who sleep with a thesaurus under their pillow in the hope that osmosis will enable them to impress readers with their erudition. The bigger (and … Continue reading

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PAIN

Writing is easy, isn’t it? Get an idea, write it down and relax with a glass or two of wine as you admire your handiwork. Come the dawn, the pain begins…you have to go back to that masterpiece and proofread … Continue reading

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Sound the Alarm !

The Fog Factor As promised, I thought I’d share a little blurb about “fog”. Back in the day (thankfully long ago), I was compelled to read/review numerous articles offered in academia. Yikes…a headache of the first magnitude! Whatever. As the … Continue reading

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How to Go Broke Writing Fiction

Got your attention, huh? If you analyze sales (many don’t), you’ll see lotsa successful authors of “How To” books: thousands of subjects, hundreds of strategies, dozens of schemes. For fiction, not so much so. Why? Dunno for sure. But this … Continue reading

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