Category Archives: Writing Insights

Errata

I made a couple of mistakes in my last blog and want to thank alert readers Don from Denver and Lois from Louisville for bringing the most blatant of these errors to my attention. I misspelled enchilada, and believe me I should … Continue reading

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On re-re-rewriting

I was just reminded (re-reminded?) that Hemingway rewrote his ending to A Farewell to Arms thirty-nine times (or forty-seven times depending on the source). Considering that a novel-length manuscript can be re-written any number of times during its initial creation, then again … Continue reading

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Writer’s Rewards

The postscript to my novel Ice Fire predicts that we will be hearing a lot more about methane hydrate, an alternative energy source currently being studied by nations around the world. I was right in my prediction, but not in … Continue reading

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Reading and Writing; The Worst and Best Advice I Ever Received

First, the worst advice. When my first stab at a novel was accepted – and by a well-known and respected U.K. agent – I thought I’d better learn something about writing. I was living in London, went to the nearest bookstore … Continue reading

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Looking at, or through your characters?

My protagonist and central character in my first novel Ice Fire, and continuing in my series of future thrillers is Jock Boucher, a black Cajun Federal Judge in New Orleans. He is a renegade, not always in step with the  rules of … Continue reading

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