Category: Thoughts on Writing

  • Author Jack Matthews on the storytelling craft (Video)

    You might already know that my Personville Press publishes various fiction titles by Jack Matthews (1925-2013). A year before he died, I went to Ohio and interviewed him about various things. I shot some video footage as well as audio footage about his books and life as an author. Here’s one audio slideshow I put…

  • A lesson in humility

    I write online fiction I’m very proud of. (It’s under a pseudonym; sorry). Occasionally I will revisit old stories and reread them; sometimes to remember the beauty of a sentence or a sentiment – sometimes just to relive the story itself. A guilty pleasure, perhaps, but I confess that I enjoy being taken into a…

  • A good rough draft

    Yesterday I finished a good rough draft of a longish story. What a glorious feeling! I still have a lot of work remaining, but at least after the end of the rough draft, I know what kind of monster I’m dealing with. Before I write something, I know a story’s  general direction and choreography, but…

  • Embarrassments of Obscurity (Part 23)

    I usually never let it get under my skin when I hear that some young hotshot has published a book or some celebrity has gotten invited onto a talk show to tout a book.  I don’t let it get to me because I convince myself that people like Bret Easton Ellis peak early and never…

  • Blogging is a careless activity; storytelling is not

    I’ll admit it. This blog is something of a deception.  I’ve been blogging for nine years, but in truth, this blog is only an afterthought to my writing.   Keeping a blog  motivates  you to write semi-regularly.  It’s  a relaxing hobby (as long as I don’t scream too much about politics, that is). Sometimes it is…