Technical writers or non fiction writers scribble to pay the bills and for the love of the analytical or the exercise of truth or deception.

Fiction authors write to illuminate their world or escape it.

Whichever kind of writer, it's all about staying alive and helping or entertaining others.

The Writing Life

Like most writers, I have a love of reading and the power of words. When I was younger, I read everything I could get my hands on, but I don’t consider myself well read. I consumed books like a starved person, so quickly I hardly knew what I had read. By some strange process of osmosis, I learned from everything I read, but I cannot give you an erudite discussion of characters, plots, or authors. I can only tell you it’s lodged some where in the core of my being and informs my writing.

In addition to reading, I’ve spent a life time writing---from that first elementary school composition to my college days when I studied French literature and wrote explications de texte. Along the way, I fell into technical writing--to put food on the table and pay bills. In the 90s, I had the good fortune to take a dialog class with Sol Stein, former owner of Stein & Day publishers in New York and a prolific author. That led to his California-based writers’ group, Chapter One. It was a rigorous, ego-bruising experience, but I was intent on learning everything I could about fiction writing. A few years ago, I also had the good fortune to study with another writer, Louella Nelson, an experienced romance writer and teacher of fiction writing. She provided a different perspective and balance to my writing.

My novel, DREAMING OF LAUGHING HAWK, a mainstream, Sixties era novel, is available on Amazon in print and ebook (also available in Canada, Europe, Japan, and Brazil). Download a free sample. If you like it, I hope you'll download the book and post a review on Amazon.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Spring Writing

Spring has sprung. My tiny yard is full of blooms--orchids, azalea, Australian tea tree, nasturtium, snapdragon, and statice. The roses are budding and the fig trees have showy new leaves. I picked a basket of lemons. I prayed that the Valencias will not be ready for another month. I can't deal with it. Last weekend I nearly killed myself with gardening--weeding and planting my dining room seedlings.
I've starting weeding my novel too. I've made it through the first 100 pages. I was surprised I actually liked some of the pages I've written and hope I'm not deluding myself. I wonder at the prospect of a seed of an idea that might actually grow into a story that can survive my edits.


  1. Hello fellow crusader!
    I'm not sure where you are, but I'm green with envy that spring is sprouting where you live. Here in southern NJ we have no signs of life yet. Soon, I hope. SOON.
    I often use gardening as a writing metaphor. And pruning during revisions.


  2. If you are still finding something in it that intrigues you and pulls you in then don't scrap it. Keep it and work it, let that seed grow. You never know it could be something special.

  3. I have found a lot of parallels between writing and gardening, the weeds, the plants that just don't thrive no matter what you do, and those wonderful surprise-volunteer plants.

  4. Yay for spring and woo-hoo for liking your pages!!! ;D

    I like how you compare spring flowers to writing.

  5. Look at all those lovely plants! How lucky you are!!!! I wish I had something growing right now! I am waiting (breathlessly I might add) for my indoor orchid to bloom but outdoors it's still pretty brown. In a few weeks we'll see some greenery. I can feel it in my sniffling nose!

  6. I know you'll find it. And probably many more than one!!! I love how I can wade through pages of my garbage (well, maybe not quite that bad), and then find one or two sentences I absolutely love :)



  7. Fellow crusader dropping in to say hi. Am I the only one still making her rounds? My garden still looks a mess. I have a few daffs coming up to brighten it though. As for my novel... No shan't even mention it.

  8. Those plants in your windowsill look so pretty and green. Think I see some basil in the middle, one of my favs. Spring can't get here quick enough. :) Good luck with your novel revision.

  9. nurturing a garden = nurturing (novels, children, you name it). Beautiful metaphor. Here in Portugal gardens continue to grow in spite of financial disasters so - I am thinking now - my writing can grow too, in spite of circumstances. Thanks for a lovely post.