I’ve always been intrigued when authors talk about a character who ‘takes over’ as if the author is just along for a ride. I’m as eager as any writer to meet a strong character...one whose voice I can simply
sit down and record on paper as she speaks. Perhaps I’m too new at this
game to have met one.
Stranger Than Fiction (Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Dustin…Continue
Posted on July 19, 2007 at 8:45am — 2 Comments
Thank God for DVDs. I didn’t catch The Matador when it was released in theaters over a year ago. Then again, back then I probably wouldn’t have recognized the terrific lesson the film offers
fiction writers. A lesson, that is, in developing seedy characters that
readers find themselves loving despite more refined inclinations. In
this movie we not only identify with a truly vulgar hit man – we find
ourselves rooting for…
Posted on June 23, 2007 at 8:51am
It’s not only writers who suffer creative blocks.
Recently I visited friends in the mountains of Maryland, an artists’ mecca. My host was a sculptor who works in wood. Ordinarily ideas come to him while he’s working or listening to music. But lately
he’s hit a dry patch, following some success, and was telling me about
the various words of wisdom he’s been offered by artists about courting
Posted on May 31, 2007 at 3:47am
Ever check out your own kids’ My Space pages? I’ll bet their virtual personalities gave you a bit of a jolt.
But it’s not just Gen X and Gen Next’ers who talk funny online. Sensible middle-aged adults – maybe especially the sensible ones – seem to take on a barely recognizable persona when they stumble into a social networking site. Apparently, people get a
kick out of inventing offbeat versions of their ordinarily sober
Posted on May 14, 2007 at 10:46am
I’d read Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. I knew my first draft should be shitty.
It was. Three-quarters of the way through that effort, intoxicated with my prose and attending my first Edgar Symposium, I was certain I was a
mere three months away from The End. I had the gall to attempt pitching
that “novel,” I shudder to recall, to a number of commendably patient
Once again, it's Edgar time. Forever…Continue
Posted on May 7, 2007 at 11:06pm — 2 Comments