Join me at the Amelia Island Book Festival and Workshop this February 20-22. I will be giving a workshop on images in fiction, particularly to: find inspiration focus your ideas immerse into character explore a historical period create great story openings complete story endings more… There will be lots to do, and if you join … Continue reading Join Me in Amelia Island for a Writers’ Workshop and Festival
In formal venues, I have presented and written about the necessity of research in fiction, the caveats, the immersion process, the repercussions of altering history or fact, the responsibility of writers to glean detail in the most absolute accuracy. But for this post, I want to talk about the fun part of interacting with facts (or … Continue reading Composite Characters: Fantasy Meets Real Life, Real Life Alters Fantasy
Even though I finished writing a complete and polished draft of my novel The Faithful Son, I’m still reading up a ton on Mesopotamian literature, especially Gilgamesh. I find that so much began with those Sumerian poems about that ancient Urukian King that regardless what I turn my thoughts to, it comes back to me … Continue reading More on Gilgamesh: Did Gilgamesh Kill Goddess Worship?
Yeah. It’s about guns. So shoot me. Of all the typical, banal, most trite, most tribal, most revisited, warn-out, decidedly unresolved “controversies” between the left and the right, this is the one that I like the least. It feels like such a waste of time, and yet it’s also so important, and so boring, and … Continue reading So, shoot me!
This is a question I ask my students to pose themselves when they take my creative writing class. I want them to be clear about why they do what they want to do right at the start of the semester because so many people have this idea that creative writing is so much fun and … Continue reading Why Do I Write?
I hear this a lot: “What comes around goes around.” I love the saying, and I also love saying it. And I love saying, “Bad karma” and “That’s just karma, dude,” and what I really mean with that is, “you had it coming,” or “tough break,” or “it couldn’t be helped,” but like many people … Continue reading What Karma Is and What Karma Isn’t
Someone posed this question on a blog, and many answers followed, many from women who seem eager to disavow feminism and detach themselves from the word. Not surprisingly. The word feminism does have some ugly connotations, though I suspect that many of the ugliness originated in false accusations hurled by people who feel threatened by … Continue reading What Does Feminism Mean To Me?