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Narrative direction

I have somehow become increasingly interested in time. It could just be that I never seem to have enough of it, or that the demands that pile up one after another force me to recognize and carefully distribute it, but more and more I’m noticing how the manner in which I choose to spend the […]

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The truth in fiction

I can’t recall exactly where I read this but I think it might have been a book by Karen Armstrong; certainly it was a book on mythology. To paraphrase: the truth in a myth is not in the events it relates but in its reflection on ourselves. A myth is “true” in the sense in […]

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Plumbing your depths

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Boring crap about nothing

Being middle-aged I now consider myself entitled to the odd (frequent) curmudgeonly rant and so fair warning that this post will contain some. Entertainingly curmudgeonly though, I hope. I recently read a review of a new novel about a Japanese-American couple living amongst the Japanese community in Los Angeles. The wife is a mixed Caucasian […]

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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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Doing what’s been done

When I wrote Randolph’s One Bedroom I thought that I was doing something original. The book consists of twenty short stories but it is not strictly a collection of short stories per se because all of the shorts contain the same protagonist and numerous recurring supporting characters. The shorts also contain character development and growth, […]

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Are translators writers?

I should note from the outset that I only translate when necessary and don’t consider myself a translator. I find the nuances of language very interesting, particularly when the languages are far apart, but for whatever reason moving a work from one language to another doesn’t interest me as a potential project. That is not […]

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Write who you know

We all know the old adage to write what you know. We also all know the tension involved in that adage. Does a writer need to go out and “experience life” before they are able to write about it? If you write sci fi, how many flights into space or traveling back in time are […]

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The real-y real

Due to their very bad shipping methods, I just received my December 18th issue of the London Review of Books a couple of days ago. (The issues are meant to arrive every two weeks, but guess what? They don’t.) In it is an interesting article by Tom McCarthy on realism in writing that got me […]

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The blurb

Quite a while back I joined a website for ‘budding’ writers called authonomy. The idea of the site is that you post a book, or part of a book, that you’ve written and then others can read and comment on it. Of course there’s also a gimmick and that is that if your book reaches […]

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