Category Archives: Essay

What Do Published Authors Know?

Recently, I read a mini article posted on a blog of sorts, wherein the writer called out Stephen King’s book On Writing, concluding that “famous writers don’t know Jack.” WOW! Really?   I was shocked and offended. And I assume … Continue reading

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Why Literature Matters …..

  This is a repost of an article that appeared in the New York Times in 1985.  In 1965 Congress passed The National Foundation of the Arts and Humanities Act to protect and support the arts.  A nation is historicized  … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Writing Style

A prompt in a writing group to think about style inspired me to consider the evolution of my own writing style. Writing evolves, grows, hopefully gets better, with all we learn and experience in life.  But style is something a … Continue reading

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Random facts stalkers don’t know…

I grew up in a tough neighborhood. (don’t stereotype me) I was in a band. (for about 5 minutes) I was in a few movies. (another 5 minutes) I wrote my first “novel”at the age of 11. (an angst ridden … Continue reading

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Writing Wishes and Publication Dreams

I’ve been working on a new story – not only working – OBSESSED!  I don’t think I left the house for most of January and part of February until the first draft was done. I’m currently working through it again … Continue reading

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The Corner of Bitter and Christmas

I went shopping last week. It was earlier in the day, around 11am, on a weekday when stores aren’t usually busy. I sat on a rather large bench to try on the shoes. It could have easily sat four people, … Continue reading

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The Psychology of being “Unloved”

  When I create a character, I take what I know from personal experience, what I’ve observed in other people (I am an avid people watcher), and what I’ve learned from my continued studies. With the unnamed narrator/character in West … Continue reading

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