Stories, by Anton Chekhov I have some 30-40 pieces of short fiction under my belt, most of them published. That this is so may be testimony more to the desperation of litmags and zines than to my prowess in writing such stories. But I promise – after slogging through edits on three novels I have […]Read More Hard-bitten Tenderness
It’s been said that the best creative writing comes from periods when political and social revolutions are happening. I suppose the drama of a revolution is a part of that, and the intellectualizing or rationale for the revolution generates situations and characters that writers can easily work with. But a quick survey of modern revolutions and […]Read More Revolutions and Writing
If you’re an avid reader (excuse the cliche, please!), you just may be familiar with Meg Wolitzer’s fine novel, The Interestings. A group of stoned kids at summer camp give themselves this title (We’re the most interesting people in this place!), and the book follows them into their adult years – their marriages, their careers, […]Read More From Book To TV Series?
Yes, it’s me. But who am I? This is a tandem question sure to amuse writers, whether they write fiction or nonfiction. And not a few savvy readers will offer up a smile at this as well. I met a woman once who performed body massage work called Rolfing. She was also a decent folk singer and […]Read More Yes, It’s Me. But Who Am I?
Redemption is a recurring theme in modern literature. I think it’s because we moderns are more aware of choices not made as well as those made. Ah, the simple life, it hardly exists anymore, does it? At least that’s what Bernhard Schlink’s book The Weekend, (Das Wochenende) seems to say. Visit my website here. […]Read More The Angst of Choices Made
Writers, how many others like you do you know who resist publishing, not wanting to see their creations criticized? Further, how many have you known who don’t want editing help, even when it’s offered at bargain basement prices, or even for free? Know anyone who won’t join a critique group because, well, no one there will see […]Read More Growing In Fiction
If you’re a writer (and you avid readers will nod at this, too), you’ve surely heard from agents or editors that you should begin a novel with six guns blazing and go higher from there. Or you have thirty pages to capture the reader’s complete attention. Fortunately some books grow slowly, setting the table […]Read More Growing Slowly Toward Literary Perfection