The angle

Things don't always look like what they are... this picture could be an undersea growth, an abstract splatter painting, the shadows of some grasses, or a bare tree and blue sky. It all depends on how you present it, the angle at which you perceive it... I try to keep this in mind when writing. …

Submitting again

I've had 4 submissions this year... and am still waiting on two of them, and will be sending out another one next week. Good to be getting back into it! I'm determined to get a couple more sales under my belt, it's been way too long! My stories have improved over the years, so I …

Writing poetry

I wrote one poem in my adult life, five or six years ago. I think I might try writing another. This may seem unusual, seeing as I know nothing about poetry. But, I do know about writing... and what is poetry but a lyrical, condensed form of writing? I hate rhyming and repetitive patterns, though …

What pad?

As some of you may know, I write short stories. I've got quite a few that no one has read, and they just sit around doing nothing. So, I've decided to start posting some of them somewhere they might actually get read. Maybe... Wattpad is a social writing site? Or something? All the youth are …

Strange points of view

I'm listening to My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk, and so far there has been a chapter narrated by a dead man at the bottom of a well, and one narrated by a stray dog. These attention-grabbing narrators are fun to read, and I think they might be fun to write, too, so I …

An opening I’m tired of

John Smith did something as another thing happened. "Unexpected statement that sets the tone of the story," he said.¬† Stories that open this way somehow lose my interest in an instant, no matter how interesting the things John is doing or saying are. Why? Because the structure of the opening is so familiar it induces …

What is next?

I'm waiting for the next thing to grab me... probably not good. I should reach out and do some grabbing myself. I find it hard to be energetic about something that doesn't take hold of me, though. There must be some way to manufacture that feeling... Or maybe prolific writers are just as numb and …