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, April 15, 2014

Inundated? Information Control

More and more, our days are assaulted with an abundance of information that overwhelms our senses and frustrates us. Most of our options for controlling this deluge are to ignore or to turn off.

Recently, I tripped over an app that makes it a little easier to manage the information we prefer to read. Flipboard lets you create your own magazines of news articles based on internet articles that interest you and articles collected from other magazine creators. Basically you create your own magazine based on your particular interests. You can share your magazine with others. You can subscribe to magazines that others have created.

All of this gives you a method of organizing and displaying the information that you truly care about and want to be able to easily retrieve. Flipboard is readily available on your smart phone, Windows, MAC, and Kindle Fire or Nook. You can view your magazines and the ones you subscribe to. You can search for topics of interest and share your topics or magazines by social media.

I tried my hand at creating a magazine. Here’s the link to Art, Words, Life: http://flip.it/bVdR2 Or, you can click the magazine icon in the left column. It’s fun and easy. You feel a little more in control of the content. It’s easy to search for information, easy to edit, easy to retrieve your articles, and easy to blow it out of the water when it no longer interests you.

Visit flipboard.com to download the app and view magazines. Tutorials are also available on line.

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