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Category: Writing

The Geography of a Novel – Missing Girls

Tweet   Sunday’s issue of the NY Times includes an article by Nicholas Noyes which visits (in a sense) the subject of this post. It’s named How to use a Novel as a Guidepost (1/15/17). He begins by quoting from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist:  “It was nearly eleven o’clock when they reached  the turnpike at […]

Memoir Shorts – Mustangs

Tweet Church was fun, especially the parts that weren’t churchy. I got my first sports uniform when I joined the Westmont Methodist basketball team. We all agreed that our color was red which meant we all had to buy red shorts. The rest of the outfit, well…varied by man. My uniform was an undershirt, and […]

Turning Play Into Novel

Tweet Authors are often asked where the story they’ve written came from. It’s a good question, and the answer can provide interesting insights into the way the story unfolds, and the form that the story takes. In the case of my new novel Missing Girls, the story rises out of a play I wrote that […]

Why Not Think of Book Reviewers as Beta Readers?

Tweet   Who are Beta Readers? At some point in the development of your novel in progress you will benefit from the observations and opinions of writers like you who are willing to read with a critical eye. They are called Beta readers. Perhaps they form a group that is interested in the craft of […]

The Writing Process Blog Hop

Tweet It’s My Turn I looked all over for a picture that would capture the essence of this post and settled on this one of Stephen King “at work” rapping out another novel.  Stephen has sold over 350 million copies of his works. I have a way to go catch up with him, but this […]

Rejection Letter: “It’s a good play. I just don’t like it.”

Tweet Maine Playwrights Festival – And the winner is… One of the truly good aspects of the judging process for the 2014  Maine Playwrights Festival is the inclusion of comments from the readers of the play. This is the first time it has happened, and it is most welcome. Acorn Productions, the sponsor of the […]

What Can a Word Cloud Tell You About a Story?

Tweet I was introduced to the subject of word clouds through a blog post by Jeri Walker-Bickett on her web page, and thought I’d try one on my short story called “A Pig For Love”. I used the Tagxedo program (there are many such programs, each with their pros and cons) to create an image […]

Why Write a Novel About Murder? A Bunk on Death Row

Tweet I am currently working on a ”historical fiction’ book with the Edgar Smith murder case as the background for an alternative outcome of the actual events. I’ve been steadily researching and writing for the last five months, and hope to have it completed by midyear 2015. In the coming weeks and months I will […]

How I Got My Scar Contest

Tweet Every Saturday in the summer, my two older sisters and I would traipse over the tracks that ran through our hometown Westmont, Illinois to Grandma’s house. Grandpa was there too, but he just sat in his easy chair not saying a word. Grandma had the bulletin with the current attractions at the Westmont Theater […]

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