“In the fall of 1910, several months after Halley’s Comet blazed a corner of the sky, I took the train north to meet the famed Windrow sisters…”
–the first sentence from Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters by Douglas Clegg.
Writing Diary December 9, 2013
Dear Diary, I always need a break to post anywhere, including on this blog — and some days the writing leaves me too “empty” to post here. Instead, I watch a little tv, read, and get on the treadmill. I feel like Aladdin in the cave of treasures when I write — a djinn-filled lamp [...]Read More
Writing Diary, December 2, 2013
Dear Diary, I am a hostage to writing, pure Stockholm Syndrome, never want to be released. Today, in my braincave, reading Richard Powers, Guy de Maupassant, nonfiction books on the underground beneath Manhattan and of course writing, taking a machete to the underbrush within the jungle of mind. For fun, I’ll post a little from [...]Read More
Writing Diary December 1, 2013
Dear Diary, The nature of a holiday is to disrupt, remind, reset. Now that Thanksgiving is in the past, it’s back at the desk. I have an enormous problem in the current work-in-progress that resists untangling. My only solution is Alexander’s solution to the Gordian knot: You get a big sharp sword and cut right [...]Read More
Writing Diary November 26, 2013
Dear Diary, The early drafts of a novel or story are where I just get everything that I’m creating down on paper. This doesn’t mean that it’s complete from beginning to end. The dialogue can be functional but usually isn’t anywhere near the way the person will talk in the final draft. The sentences ramble. [...]Read More
Writing Diary November 25, 2013
Dear Diary, Today I tackle a difficult section of the current story. This tale has shown up with various incarnations until it’s practically many-armed Kali about to take my head off. But, given that I’m the author of all this, I just go where the story leads and then edit and revise into a form [...]Read More
Writing Diary, November 20, 2013
Dear Diary, Every now and then it’s good to take a day off. But even a day off isn’t a day off. I get up a little early, do an hour or so of writing, a few pages, a few revisions. But not a full-speed-ahead day at all. Writing — for better or worse — [...]Read More
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