‘Done is good’

One of my first editors a had a few catch phrases that were part of his everyday conversation. One he offered frequently was, “Done is good.” It was his reminder to meet deadlines. Jane Morrissey has put together a wonderful little post on finishing the first draft of your book (or poem or play). FinishContinue reading “‘Done is good’”

Tips for self-publishing

Do you want to write to make money? Is writing your hobby? Or are you interested in publishing one book, perhaps a memoir to give to family members? If you’ve decided self-publishing is your best option, regardless of your long-term goals, consider these tips from Ryan Lanz. How to Tell Which Self-Publishing Company is RightContinue reading “Tips for self-publishing”

Stories of loss and survival

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is not something I think of as a children’s book, but it clearly involves a refugee. But I could concede the point. And with recent UN reports of at least 60 million refugees in the world today, the topic is well worth a few more books. And not justContinue reading “Stories of loss and survival”

Get on stage

Rufus Cadigan mentioned checking around for places to have plays produced. Some less obvious venues were clubs and church groups. He also talked about offering to write historical plays for institutions, such as local history museums, but that could also include community’s celebrating significant anniversaries. Then, there are contests. Here’s a source for a few.Continue reading “Get on stage”

Playing with plays

On Saturday, I had a chance to learn some tips from Illinois playwright Rufus Cadigan.The mini workshop reminded me how much I like to write plays. It’s fun to tell a story using only dialogue. If you think you need to work on dialogue, try writing a scene or … more. Here are some playwritingContinue reading “Playing with plays”

From a master

This is a longish read of reflections of and tips from Saul Bellow. There’s always something to learn from a master such as Bellow. Happy 100th Birthday, Saul Bellow: His Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech on How Literature and Art Ennoble the Human Spirit | Brain Pickings. http://www.brainpickings.org/2015/06/10/saul-bellow-nobel-prize-acceptance-speech/