All posts for the month September, 2010

Kitchen Table

To rewind this tale to the proximate cause of my shift of late to the kitchen table as my base of operations would require volumes. One of those volumes is in my agent’s hands. Another is in scraps on my regular desk, back in my office. Several more are in published form, shelved on the […]

The Boss

As a writer, you work for yourself, even if you’re being paid. Every sentence, every word, every turn of the phrase comes from you. The way things sit on the page. The amount of white space. The tone. The taste. The raised eyebrows of the reader—in delight or shock, maybe—is proof that you have done […]

Fishing for Stories

Some of the best stories come in our off-duty times. There you are, minding your own business, when you notice something in the current. You keep your eye on it, but it bobs and dives. You run along the bank to follow it, cry out when you think you’ve lost it. But there it is! […]

The Ebb and Flow

There are times when writers can’t seem to write, or when everything we write is just plain terrible. Writer’s block, as some call it, is a common affliction. We moan. We groan. We take to the bed, drink fluids. But in our fear, our misery, we tend to forget that it’s just the natural rhythm […]

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