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christopher-meeks's picture
Dec.31.2009
Writing is like golfing. You can feel on top of the world, thinking you've perfected your swing, then after a series of bad shots, you are humbled. You might even listen to advice. I wrote a novel three years ago, and after I polished it, I left my agent and sought a new one. It's difficult...
christopher-meeks's picture
Oct.18.2009
  I never took a full-fledged course in Shakespeare. Rather than pine for something interesting I missed, I'm taking a class at UCLA Extension, taught by the knowledgeable Dr. Russell Stone. I thought I would be one of the older people in the course, but there seem to be many older than me. They...
eugenia-kim's picture
Oct.17.2009
Colm Tóibín gave a short presentation earlier this year at the bookstore Politics & Prose, preceding his reading of the novel, Brooklyn. Among the memorable statements he made was this: he’d forbidden his writing students to use flashback. Though Tóibín has written eloquently about the...
mylene-dressler's picture
Sep.25.2009
"The opening paragraph of a story is its second strongest statement (the final paragraph is the strongest) and sets the tone for all that follows . . .  At the conclusion of a novel the illuminating incident* need only send its ray backward . . . but it should send a long enough shaft to meet...
edmund-jenks's picture
Apr.29.2009
In 1877, British archaeologist Alexander Cunningham hypothesized that the Indus script was a forerunner of modern-day Brahmic scripts, used from Central to Southeast Asia. Other researchers disagreed. Fueled by scores of competing and ultimately unsuccessful attempts to decipher the script, that...
stephanie-golden's picture
Apr.05.2009
My years as a manuscript editor taught me how to structure a book. Many authors are experts with great info to impart, but when they try to produce a book they end up with a shapeless mess. Book writing is a craft, a professional specialty, like making violins. For the past few months I've been...
robert-sward's picture
Feb.22.2009
Structure in art implies inevitability. (My podiatrist father.) -    Meditation: Silence and the inner shout of joy. The voice of God in everything. This is why to pray. He says.-    Poetry: Nothing is more important than a broken  heart, far more than the possessed loved one. Anon.-    Sex: ...
elizabeth-stark's picture
Feb.20.2009
Angie is reading a book by the guy on whom they based “Searching for Bobby Fischer.” I’ve read neither book nor seen the movie, so this is a second-hand anecdote and second-hand commentary, but I thought it was worth sharing. Apparently, this world chess champion learned the game starting at the...
elizabeth-stark's picture
Feb.05.2009
I have been all charged up about some recent finds I want to share with you. One is Michael Port’s Book Yourself Solid — a book, audiobook and system for marketing and building your business that takes that brave journey away from crass, haranguing, uphill effort and turns it into connecting with...
diane-chamberlain's picture
Jan.12.2009
Tomorrow I begin the outline for my current, as yet untitled, WIP (Work in Progress). I'm excited and nervous. Excited because I'm embarking on a new story with new characters, and nervous for the same reason. When you have the unknown stretched out in front of you--along with a deadline that's...