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geri-spieler's picture
Dec.15.2008
I guess I'm stuck on a theme, because I feel compelled to revisit the world of writers, authors, publishing and books. I'm intrigued and yet fearful  of the degree of importance literature will play in our society years from now? Will our grandchildren read the classics? Will they even know about...
louise-marley's picture
Dec.15.2008
It's a strange state for a writer to be in. One book is done. The next proposal is almost finished. And the mind wanders through the possibilities like a bee in a flower garden, tasting this idea, that idea, wondering where exactly to alight and dig in. The question every writer hears, over and...
james-buchanan's picture
Dec.14.2008
What does it mean to achieve success as a writer? This is a question that I often ask myself because it seems to be the one question that can help me put my work and career into some sort of perspective. As a writer it is very easy to find things to be discouraged about or to see the world as some...
harlen-campbell's picture
Dec.14.2008
I wrote of stories once, back when the internet was young, and used a fishing metaphor. The sea is wide, I wrote, full of mysteries below, and worked by desperate fleets.  This crew fishes for romance, that for suspense. and that fleet over there, why, they have cast their nets for adventure, and...
harlen-campbell's picture
Dec.13.2008
Characters are pliable when they first crawl out of my head. Their traits, conscious motives and hidden drives can be twisted to fit the needs of the plot for a short time, but they begin to set as words are layed on paper, and soon the plot has to change to fit the exigencies of the new...
steve-hauk's picture
Dec.13.2008
The current issue of the Steinbeck Review includes a piece by Cornwall film historian Michael Burrows on ``John Steinbeck and His Films''. It discusses the expected major films, ``The Grapes of Wrath'' with Henry Fonda, ``East of Eden'' with James Dean and Julie Harris, and ``Viva Zapata!'' with...
mary-menacho's picture
Dec.13.2008
You've turned forty. So what? Determined to keep life as it has been in your thirties, you step out of the coffee shop into the bright morning. Someone is following you. Read this 350 word short short at http://www.redroom.com/member/mmenacho Let me know what you think, please. Thanks in advance...
stephen-evans's picture
Dec.12.2008
Thomas Carlyle, in a letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Write as it is given you, and not till it be given you, and never mind a whit."
jt-ellison's picture
Dec.12.2008
Since we're crashing into a new year, I've decided to make some serious, major changes to my writing life. I am always looking for better, more efficient ways to work. It stems from both my obsessive-compulsive need to be organized and my overwhelming love of office products. Getting gift cards to...
ieva-melgalve's picture
Dec.12.2008
In these past days, more than once I read blog entries about people who get to be writers by luck, by chance, by right connections in the right places. Honestly, these notions left me confused, because this is not what I would call a successful writer.I figure why the literary agents, publishers...