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…

Writer’s Tip # 1

I can’t count the times I’ve had someone ask where my story ideas come from. What I tell them – somewhat honestly – is “I don’t know.” Where they do come from can best be answered this way: some years back during writing classes I taught, someone would usually ask how I handled writer’s block….

A Few More Thoughts on Reading and Writing

I thought before I return to book reviews I would try to sum up the past couple of posts, albeit in a rather circuitous fashion, by asking this question: Why do you read? I ask this because books – or their electronic counterparts – have a lot of competition in this the early twenty-first century….

A Broader Take on Story

Today’s world is ever-changing, adapting, mutating. If you see that glass half full, fine. If you see it half empty, then let’s suppose that a given new thing under your microscope hasn’t been fully fleshed out…yet. But to stay on point, what’s changed in the structure of stories, and why? I won’t cover well-trod theoretical ground,…

Let Us Inspire You

Poets & Writers, January/February, 2014 To my mind P&W struggles to be worthwhile to the writer who has been around the block a few times. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of spending a rainy afternoon reading. I love charts – especially when they indicate something substantial, and the mag’s “Anatomy of Awards” article…

Midlist Crisis/NYTimes

              What Lopate doesn’t say here is that modesty and humility are the basis of the writer psyche. Even if you’re a successful writer, you still have to contend with the fact that the inspiration to write comes through you; it isn’t innately you. NYTimes     Visit my…

The River of Writing

  What is it that makes writers so passionate about their craft? By all rights, writing – writing well – would seem a chore of monumental proportions. I was reminded recently by good friend and musician/composer extraordinaire, Ken Bonfield, of the time, body and finger aches, the thought and inspiration that go into composing a…