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, May 31, 2011

Yosemite

In the last week of May in Yosemite, the Dogwoods were in full bloom and water cascaded down majestic mountains and thundered over gigantic boulders. Yosemite is a powerful, holy place, an enormous cathedral of stone and light. To deny this life force is to deny ourselves. Our crazy, frenetic lives make it easy to forget our connection to Earth and the universe.

The Earth has a heart beat. It is not impersonal. It can send a gentle, perfumed breeze or conjure a gale. It rolls and rumbles and rocks beneath our feet. It belches magma and unleashes its powerful waters. It is life and death, the Spirit that we must respect.
Do you take the time to notice the world around you and, if you are a writer, is it a player in your stories?

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