Good night, good doctor

Stictly speaking, this piece isn’t about writing. But its prose is a beautiful example of well-chosen and well-placed words. Oliver Sacks, who is a doctor as well as a writer, has bid us farewell. He should know he will be missed. And that he continues to teach those of us who would try to touchContinue reading “Good night, good doctor”

Take it from Zoë

Zoë Sharp is as another generous British author who was a featured presenter at Love Is Murder in Chicago last weekend. Not only did she take part in panels, she conducted a master class and, at tea time Saturday, she demonstrated self-defense techniques (with the help of Robert Goldsborough, who recovered with a seated massageContinue reading “Take it from Zoë”

Reading Irish

My experience with Irish writers has often been a sense of eavesdropping on someone’s personal conversation. I can’t explain why I feel this way. I just feel a certain raw nerve in what I’ve read. In any case, I found eavesdropping on this conversation with Anne Enright enlightening. The world view is different from whatContinue reading “Reading Irish”

Write until you’re a writer

This Harvard Business Review article is not about writing. It’s meant to help people learn new skills in the workplace. But as I read it, I realized one way it applies to writers is in its advice to mimic the successful behavior of others. If you want to be a good manager, copy the behaviorContinue reading “Write until you’re a writer”

What’s their story?

Do you have a story in search of a character? Or are you looking for a “throw-back” idea to explore? If you’re into sci-fi or fantasy, here is a round-up of some interesting characters to build on. 10 Public Domain Characters That Are Overdue For A Reboot

Take it from The Bard

Shakespeare has used most of the “basic” plots in one form or another. And plenty of writers have borrowed from his stories and his lines. No reason to stop now. Here are a few examples to spark your imagination. 12 Titles Inspired by Shakespeare Phrases

She writes in beauty like the night …

Do you admire particular writers? Do you wish you could write as they do? Have you ever consciously studied what they do? Broken down their technique by the line, the phrase, the word? Here’s a discussion of beautiful writing that could help you make your own study of what others have done well. Consider keepingContinue reading “She writes in beauty like the night …”