Coming To Terms With Love Of Our World

  Ever heard of hyperreality? You can look it up, but in a few words it’s a confusion of the real with the technically-enhanced versions of reality. This is the burden of our modern world. As we withdraw deeper and deeper into AI (Artificial Intelligence) we become more fearful of what we perceive of as…

How to Build a Story

I found this recently on the Net and thought it might be helpful. After all, there are great storylines in the minds of all who might read this. OR maybe you’re writing a novel and are bogged down with where and how to create all the necessary elements. AS it reads near end of this…

A New World of Writing

There was a time when fiction writing seemed pretty singular and glamourous. From my pre-pube years through college I was taken with the great American fiction writers of that era: Steinbeck, Hemingway, O’Hara, Flannery O’Connor, Paley, Roth, Dos Passos, and others. They made their bones, a lot of them, as journalists, paid their bills writing…

So You Want To Be A Writer

So you ‘re thinking that writing would be a great gig; you would be your own boss, forget “The Man,” and make a bunch of money. All you’d have to do is make up stories, which would be sorta like lying, the talent you used to have with your Mom when she figured you were…

Taming Literacy in This Age

Is the novel dead? Why do the remaining book readers today prefer nonfiction to fiction? When I had been working as an engineer for some 6-7 years, the Chief Structural Engineer called me in and said, “Bob, I need you to write a letter for me.” What he meant was a scolding letter to a…

Can You Diagram A Sentence?

Some years ago, during a writing workshop class I attended, a young student offered up a sentence in her classroom segment for the day that had us all frowning with perplexity. The professor stopped her and asked the rest of us how we might write the sentence in a way that could be more easily…