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Writing with a purpose

After reading and thinking a lot about Paul’s last couple of posts on the writing game (part 1 and part 2), I find myself returning to the question of what motivates us to write. As you probably all know from the trad-pubbed anonymous mid-list author’s piece, the tale that she told was one that started […]

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Speculative writing

There is a long and involved section of René Descartes’ A Discourse on the Method (self-published (as we would label the process now) in 1637) in which he discusses the workings of the heart (as in the organ, not an allusion to emotions; it is found in Part Five). Dense pages-long paragraphs describe in minute […]

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By Prescription Only: Themed Writing

It’s been a steamy typhoon flecked summer out here in the East, but now we’re back with our regular Friday posts. And what a welcome back we’ve got lined up because we’re now taking submissions for our short story and essay showcase – By Prescription Only. Here’s the deal. A couple of times a year, […]

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An Audience of One

In last week’s post we considered the issue of being misread and some responses or attitudes that a writer could take towards that particular prickly pear. In thinking about being misread though we might miss the larger picture, which is being read at all. That, we must never forget, is a luxury and the furthest […]

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Anticipating reader sloth

If there’s one commonality between what I’ve learned through my studies in my graduate degrees and my personal experiences as a writer it’s that very few people read well. With care, with precision, with enough time and effort to hold the text in line and by the hand as one advances from Point A to […]

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The Writer’s role

Writing – what’s the point anymore? Oh, there are those of us who write for their daily bread, and for them the raison d’être is as plain as day, but for those of who don’t live in New York City or London just what are we doing? Why? And what are we trying to accomplish […]

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Mixing metaphors

Many good-intentioned people seeking to help will tell you never to mix your metaphors, that it is a hallmark of poor writing, that it confuses or fails to engage the reader, and that it is either sloppy or amateurish. In almost all cases they will be right; but then, in almost all cases everyone giving […]

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Readers and (their) writers

Nietzsche once remarked (paraphrasing) that if one cannot find true companionship among the living then one should seek it from the dead – in books. To pick up a book is to begin a journey of an unknown duration and unforeseen destination. It is to embark with a number of travel mates, some of whom […]

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Goals and targets

“Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.” That’s a quote from Frank Herbert, author of the Dune saga and a self-proclaimed stranger to writer’s block. His approach to writing was apparently just to sit down and do it, when it was “writing time” to simply sit there with […]

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On dialogue

Dialogue is fun to write and fun to read and so it’s no surprise that many writers turn to it to advance their plots and even at times to provide the bulk of their book’s structure. Plato of course famously framed his books in Socratic dialogues and he is considered by many to still be […]

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