Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Facebook is perverted. Someone tells about the death of a friend and the message gets tons of "likes." FB has to come up with a more nuanced set of reactions. Sympathy, love and hate, Mr. Zuckerberg?

Monday, January 27, 2014

Just writing a story won't do. Writer is nothing without a reader. Get it published.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Question: What are you trying to accomplish with your work?

Answer: I don't want to accomplish anything. I just want to write and to share my writing with the world.

Beauty is not skin deep. It's what covers the skin.

A newbie writer complained that people don't read him because his writing is unconventional. My reply? As Henry Ford used to say, "You can have any colour as long as it's black." You can write whatever you want and how you want as long as people read you.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Why is your story rejected?

It might come as a surprise to you, but the majority of stories rejected by literary magazines are good. At least, there is nothing wrong with them. They have a fine plot, developed characters and accomplished language. Why are they rejected, then? Because writing a good story is not enough. Your competition—and that’s what the other writers are—crafts well. You are not competing with half-wits amateurs. Your story has to stand out. It has to be best of the best. As simple as that.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Stale Device?

I think that giving the name, rank and serial number of the protagonist in the first sentence has become a very stale device. OK, no serial number, just the name. I know it's convenient, and it has been done successfully before, but that doesn't make it any more stale.

There are other ways to address this problem:

From the New Yorker: Gilgulby Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi

“You know,” she said almost shyly, “that I have the ability, if you wish, to look into your eyes and tell you when you will die?”