It’s teacher appreciation week and while I’m going to do a little of that over on RobertVarnon.com, I thought it more appropriate here on the Creek to discuss writers we learn from. So there are some obvious ones for me. There’s John Gardner, who wrote the Art of Fiction. I especially like his discussion of … Continue reading The Authors We Learn From
I’ve thought about doing this for some time, but I’m going to go ahead with it this week and give a video reading. It’s a bit daunting, because I have to decide what passages to read and so I’ve been researching how to select those to keep people entertained. So far, the advice that has … Continue reading Preparing for My First Reading
I’ve read and read a lot of posts and advice stories on writing over the years and I thought I’d chime in on a few things I’ve found useful to me. First off, do I use a notebook? Yes, well sort of. I used to keep a notebook and scribble into it any bit of … Continue reading Do You Use a Notebook? Sort of
This is a really, really, old reference to a TV show called Cheers, but it still relevant. See, long ago, in the 1980s, there was a TV show about the owner, workers and patrons at a Boston bar called Cheers. The story was principally about Sam “Mayday” Malone, a former pitcher for the Red Sox … Continue reading Have You Found A Cliff Claven for Your Story?
I’ve struggled with the thought of being brave related to writing. I see the term thrown around a lot, but I’ve felt weird embracing it as part of the character of being a writer. As a former reporter, I wrote thousands of stories, talked to people from all walks of life and I felt compelled … Continue reading Learning to be a brave writer
This is among the best advice I’ve ever gotten in my life. It came from my friend James Lisenbee, an interesting, intricate man who loved to laugh and loved being alive. James said the quote above to me in a conversation that came out of the blue probably eight or more years ago. I was … Continue reading ‘You should go do that’
My friend from nowhere, Hub Jones reported sadly the other day, “Reading is dead.” “What?” I replied to his text, which burst in on me as I was working on my latest novel. “Just call me,” I quickly added before his thick thumbs could tap out a reply. So here’s the gist of Hub’s thoughts … Continue reading Is this the end of reading or is that just a video?
There are lots of times I just like to stop and listen. Sometimes it’s the “silence” of my house in the early mornings, when the only sound you hear is the humming of the heater and the occasional movements of my dog changing positions as he sleeps on the landing of the stairs. But as … Continue reading The Sound and Rhythm of Life
Is redemption possible today? That’s the question my pal, Hub Jones asked me other day. Hub, as some of you know, is a buddy out of nowhere from Connecticut. He’s a bit wild but always worth talking to, well, at least for me. Anyway, Hub knows I love the theme of redemption. Redemption is a … Continue reading Redemption in the Time of the Permanent Record