Category Archives: On Writing

Weaving Unpredictable Plots That Enthrall

There are only seven ‘storylines’ in the world… although there are a multitude of tales and endless variety in the telling, all narratives are really variations of the basic seven… whether they represent the deep psychological structures of human experience...
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Writing Engaging Dialogue

Repartee is something we think of twenty-four hours too late.                                                                                                 Mark Twain   Written dialogue is an illusion, and a good writer is skilled conjurer of words. The complex purpose of dialogue is to “show” rather than to “tell.”...
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Identifying an Audience

You must write for yourself, above all. That is [your] only hope of creating something beautiful.                                                                         Gustave Flaubert Conventional advice to writers suggests that writers who write for themselves limit themselves to an audience of “one.” Certainly there are...
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The Writing Process

Now, whether it be bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple of thinking too precisely on the event—a thought, which quarter’d, hath but one part wisdom and ever three parts coward—I do not know why yet I live to say, ‘This...
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Contemplating a Writer’s Life

Then I knew that not by wisdom do poets write poetry, but by a sort of genius and inspiration. They are like diviners or soothsayers who also say many fine things, but do not understand the meaning of them.        ...
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