Category Archives: About Writing

MC Escher and Hard Work

In a letter from MC Escher to his son, written in 1955, the famous artist said: I wish I’d learned to draw a little better! How much effort and persistence it costs to try to do it well. Every once in awhile the stress of it all drives me to the point of a nervous […]

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Jack London at 25

It’s Jack London, and the year is 1899… Some are born to fortune, and some have fortune thrust upon them. But in my case I was clubbed into fortune, and bitter necessity wielded the club… I employed the time between odd jobs with writing a 21,000-word serial for the “Youth’s Companion.” I turned it out […]

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On a Roll, Part 2

27 Feb 2014 freewrite: Another try at writing on the paper roll, though as I sit here my mind is not exactly brimming with ideas. My favorite vomit stories? Animals I have known? Why I’m not rich at 59, but am loaded with regret and bitterness? Like I said, the mental well is not brimming […]

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To the New Writer

Writing … In the Beginning was the Word- and it was driving me mad. Not because the Word was bad, but because it wouldn’t keep still. And as time passed, its friends started dropping by, hanging out because the First Word told them I was a “safe harbor.” “Safe harbor? What are you talking about?” […]

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Redundancy

You’re done writing your story and you’re typing it up when you notice something strange. Certain words keep cropping up again and again and again…

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Point of View

Your story is coming together, but things are getting confusing. One minute John is talking– then Mary butts in with her two cent’s worth, followed by the butler’s POV.  How do you bring order to this mess?

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Wanted: Conflict

So- you’ve written a story and it’s the greatest thing ever, and you ask a friend to read it- and she says “Well, it was okay, but…” Thinking that it was way better than okay, you reread it and realize that something is indeed missing- but what? As you look at the story, ask yourself, of […]

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Writing Dialogue

You’re writing stories right and left, and they’re full of wonderful description and searing conflict. But something is missing. When you review the story you notice that when people speak to each other, it doesn’t sound right. How do you fix this? While there are some stories out there where not a word of dialogue […]

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Avoiding Time Travel

You started out writing an historical account about the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of a young soldier. But after a few chapters, the story is jumping back and forth in time. Time travel wasn’t supposed to be part of the story, so what’s going on? When writing a story, there are several […]

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