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, September 6, 2011

Abraham Lincoln: Prophet

Abraham Lincoln was a tall, awkward, homely man of great inner beauty and wisdom. He had many important ideas to convey to this nation and its people, if they would listen. He gave his life for this country. He was a Republican, but he would most certainly be an outcast of the Republican Party in this day and age.

Almost everything he said a hundred years ago is very prophetic for this day and age. Take this quote for example:

…an era of corruption in high places will follow and the money power will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people…until wealth is aggregated in a few hands…and the Republic is destroyed.

Is this not where we are today? Everyday, the middle and lower classes are losing ground in terms of jobs and income, access to education, medical care, social security, and a sense of empowerment and well-being. Because we are at this critical tipping point, corporations and wealthy people should be expected to give back to this nation for the good of the Republic. But will they? And more importantly, will we insist that they do or let our own prejudices lead us astray?

1 comment:

  1. I think we are very far from what our great leaders wanted us to be. Far removed from the land so many of the people who fought for this country hoped it would turn out to be. We were meant to be a country the people- instead we are turning out to be a country for the wealthy. Very, very sad.