Archive for the 'Thoughts about Writing' Category

The Writing Process

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

I thought it might be worthwhile to summarize my writing process. This is based on the two most recent stories but the process has been similar for many years. Envision a setting, situation, or character. Write a sentence. Write a second sentence Read what I’ve written Change a phrase Write a third sentence, extending the […]

Reading Across Genres

Friday, January 20th, 2017

I like to read across genres. Some years back I discovered Google’s list of best books of 2012 and I read them without paying attention to what the title might hint, reserving judgement as long as I could. The 2013 list wasn’t as good and that was the last I saw. Since then I haven’t […]

Talking Heads

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

I just critiqued a short piece where some friends are driving home from a party, gossiping about others they just left. There is some description of the drive, but the piece was almost entirely talking heads. Worse than that, since we get no description of the speakers, they’re disembodied talking heads, without the fake smile […]