Thinking in Style

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

I sometimes absorb writing styles from my reading, then use that voice in my head as I’m thinking to myself. Do other people do this?   The most recent example was the other night when I started The Twelve, by Justin Cronin. The title came to me via some reading list so I had no […]

Technique, and Rock and Roll

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

At some point — somewhere around one or two years ago — I made a conscious effort to focus less on larger elements and to pay attention to how I worked with phrases, sentences, paragraphs; the elements of writing in general as opposed to the elements of a novel or of fiction that you learn […]

Writing analysis: Blue Roses, by Francis Hwang

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Review of “Blue Roses” by Francis Hwang Published in “The New Yorker” November 1, 2010. SUMMARY: Chinese mother feels that her children don’t appreciate her and take from her without giving in return. She becomes angry with her closest daughter when the daughter is unwilling to invite the mother’s widowed friend to Christmas dinner. The […]