The Art of Story Writers use words to tell story. They are our primary tools. We hold them in our heads or roll them on our tongues or look them up in dictionaries. Words spill from our hands to the page; they are counted, kept in a cage. With words, we touch the business of writing. With words, we touch the line. Storytelling is not so easy to tame, still less to name. Storytelling is the ancient line that wraps itself around the galaxies, slinking in between the stars, running … [Read more...] about Reaching for the Line
Sometimes don't you wish you had Mr. Blue's self-image? Believe me, it's rock solid, never buffeted by negative reviews or words that get stuck in the head. Oh he might swap a paw at his brother, but underneath his swagger, he's lovable if always sure of himself. The two go together. Remember that when you sit down to write today. Photo: Who's The Fairest of Them All? … [Read more...] about Who’s the Fairest of Them All?
Has this ever happened to you? I'm about eighty-five percent finished with the first draft of the mystery I'm writing. I know how it ends, or at least I think I do, but I'm reluctant to finish. How come? Oh, I'll write my daily word count all right, but watch, it won't make a dent in where I'm at in the plot. Is this a form of writer's block? Anyway, here is the really, really rough, the place where I'm at: Two minutes ago I thought Arthur was a dead end. Maybe and maybe not. Why would he … [Read more...] about A Nasty Form of Writer’s Block
Today I found my magical pig. She was born in 1992 or thereabouts when I found her on Hudson Street in the Village. I thought I'd lost her, but today I was cleaning out a box that traveled with me from Manhattan to Brooklyn to New Jersey to Illinois—Go West, Old Woman, Go West—and there she was. Dusty but still smiling. If you look hard, you can see some of her pig’s-feet polish has been rubbed off, but no matter, now I can write the great American novel, or at least continue wording my … [Read more...] about My Magical Pig
Nefarious: The Blackwell Files by Steven F. Freeman is a riveting military/techno thriller with multiple storylines that are skillfully intertwined. With the first flip of the page, I was hooked into the action and the characters in this intriguing novel. When the story opens, the main character, Captain Alton Blackwell, a skilled cryptologist and war hero, has been wounded in Afghanistan. Both his leg and his confidence have been shattered, the author tells us, and Alton must decide whether … [Read more...] about Review: Nefarious, The Blackwell Files