Artists and Suffering by Vincent Mars

Reblogged from Boy with a Hat   If you read the biographies of preeminent artists – writers, painters, musicians – you discover an encyclopedia of suffering. Some cut their ears, others drank their sorrows away, a few found life unbearable and ended themselves. Are artists born tormented souls? If some people are born with genes […]

“What Hemingway Can Teach You About Web Writing” by Robert Bruce

Reblogged from 101 Books William Faulkner once said, “[Hemingway] has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.” Hemingway responded: “Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?” No surprise here if you’ve read my review of The Sound And The Fury, but I […]

A Rose (or a Jack) by Any Other Name . . .

Reblogged from Eye-Dancers What makes a story great?  What makes a movie, or a novel, unforgettable?  Nonstop action?  A fantastic and imaginative plot?  A surprise, twist ending?  Romance?  Incredible special effects, or descriptions of those effects, if in book form? Certainly these elements can lend themselves to a great story.  And–especially for a short story […]

Immerse the Reader in Your World & Never Let Them Up for Air

Reblogged from Kristen Lamb’s Blog We live in a Golden Age to be a writer. Everyone has an opportunity to publish. The downside of this is that we are being deluged with bad books, which frequently are just books published before the writer was ready. In the old days, most writers failed miserably (especially in […]