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hasmukh-amathalal's picture
Jan.20.2014
Tree bears fruit After hard efforts It comes in long way To enjoy with happiness in any way   Many factors combine Add color to make it divine Mother earth feeds the line The plant has grown up to define   The fruits and flowers adore We need to watch and explore Take the fruits out for...
bob-mustin's picture
Jan.03.2014
  This may seem ho-hum during a week of new year's resolutions, bowl games, and the first nasty winter weather, but Nancy, a writer friend brought me a writer's dilemma yesterday. We writers are beginning to see passages in books and stories in which a character's inner thoughts are...
thaisa-frank's picture
Aug.13.2012
Whenever my mother called from the east coast, she would ask Are you writing? -- As though, at that very moment, I was playing the QWERTY keyboard like a piano, pounding one word after the other, each word leading to the next, until a concerto would blast from the keys. If only it had been...
bob-mustin's picture
May.24.2012
I've just finished writing a scene for my medieval historical novel - a scene I'd been dreading. It has to do with a famed debate between two philosopher/thinkers, and nothing much had been written about the debate in history's annals. image via pen.org   This has come up before -...
adele-annesi's picture
Aug.12.2011
The phrase "hatching a plot" once had a sinister connotation, usually in reference to criminals. Not so for writers. Compelling plots and subplots with the strong narrative pull described in "Created to Compel: The Use of Prologue in Water for Elephants" (2011 August 8) need...
bob-mustin's picture
Jul.31.2011
I've just finished reading the August 2011 issue of Harper's Magazine, and as usual, I pay special attention to the fiction. In this issue, too, there's a memoir, and in these two pieces I see a difference in style based, I suspect, on reader expectation. image via worldmags.net The memoir, "...
dale-estey's picture
Mar.17.2011
I'm not much concerned about the uproar over the statement about this television setting being "all white" which helps in leading to some of its success. I doubt anyone planned to create it 'white only' as an avenue to make it popular. What intrigues me is the fact that Midsomer Murders...
bob-mustin's picture
Mar.10.2011
Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert – Part 2    A new translation by Lydia Davis   First the translation: Lydia Davis spent a lot of time on the project; she gives us copious notes on the significance of what Flaubert has written in the way of French culture during the post-Napoleonic era, of...
adele-annesi's picture
Mar.04.2011
Ever have an idea ignite to suddenly reveal a new dimension of a character or story? It could be the light at the tunnel's end or an oncoming train. Here's how to vet sudden inspiration.  As an editor, I get queries from writers saying they were suddenly inspired on how to fix a complex character...
adele-annesi's picture
Feb.04.2011
Remember those cartoons where the guy (it's usually a guy) takes the car engine apart to see out how it works? Well, that approach can work for writing, too. Of course, just like that guy, you may end up with parts you don't need. But unlike that guy, you could end up better off without those parts...