Happy May Day. My student, Ben Norwood, sent me a wonderful end-of-the-semester gift today–a copy of the The Republic of Letters, the journal begun by Saul Bellow. Ben translated one of the stories in it, a piece called, “Xavier the Leper,” by Alberto Rangel, from Spanish. I’m just in awe of this. The story is […]
Bad Writing Habits Follow Me Wherever I Go
I’ve been working on removing an excess of interiority from my novel. Scenes which otherwise might clip along are bogged down by my protagonist, the beloved Emma Jean, thinking too damn much. We’ve been talking about this bad habit of mine in my weekly writing group, but I hadn’t internalized it until I started reading […]
No Readers But Lots of Writers?
The other day I dragged myself to the gym. (Yes, I do manage to accomplish that once in awhile.) The man on the treadmill next to me, who later introduced himself as Richard, was reading a Michael Connelly novel and I was reading Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson. We were discussing the vagaries of putting […]
Rewriting Without Ruination
I can never decide if I like writing the rough draft or rewriting better. Actually, it usually depends on where I am in the novel. If I’m writing a rough draft, I wish I was rewriting. If I am rewriting, I long for the freedom of the rough draft.
Brings to mind a saying my Dad used to have hanging in his basement workshop:
Today, I know all about Rosie’s decision to leave The View. I know all about the storms that ravaged towns in Texas near the border to Mexico. All about them. Why? Because I’m supposed to be writing. This is my morning to work on my novel. Its so much easier to look at stories on […]
A Single-Spaced World
Suddenly, it is a single-spaced world. This thought just occurred to me as I was editing an article I am going to post on my new companion blog. Last time I tried importing something from Word that was double-spaced I got everything all messed up, even after I’d figured out how to do it without […]
New Feature: Quote of the Week
I love quotes and I collect them, and I’m always running across new ones that I love so I’ve decided to start a quote of the week feature. Here’s the first one: "It was like being a tiny, flawed god of a sort, creating worlds and inviting other people to explore them." JD Frazer, on […]