Month: August 2015

Restless Adult Syndrome (Part 2)– Muting the Clatter


“There’s nothing more inspiring or – beautiful than the sight of a mare and a new colt. And it’s cool there now, see? Texas is cool now, and it’s spring. And whenever spring comes to where I am, I suddenly get the feeling, my God, I’m not getting’ anywhere! What the hell am I doing, […]

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Restless Adult Syndrome


“Well, I spent six or seven years after high school trying to work myself up. Shipping clerk, salesman, business of one kind or another. And it’s a measly manner of existence. To get on that subway on the hot mornings in summer. To devote your whole life to keeping stock, or making phone calls, or […]

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Get Your Writing Running!


I often equate writing a sentence to starting a jog ( or at least the way I start a jog) .  The first few words/steps may be awkward, unbalanced and  a sad  attempt to find a rhythm. A simple way to to gauge your writing rhythm  is to take a concentration of sentences ( I recommend at least […]

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Great Lines in Literature- “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy


Book: The Road Author :Cormac McCarthy Publication Date: 2006 Line: “Then they set out along the blacktop in the gunmetal light, shuffling through the ash, each the other’s world entire.” Analysis: Damn you Cormac!!! Lesser writers, like myself, would have simply ended that line  with “each other’s entire world” because  I like clichés…I sigh at Hallmark cards […]

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Ordinary Experience + Extraordinary Reflection = Great Success!


Regarding writing, the most frequently asked question by my students is, “But what do I write about?” My  answer: “You write about anything you want. As long as you write it well.” This response causes a wave of moans and groans and exaggerated eye rolls  followed by silence followed by one annoyed student asking ” But seriously,  what […]

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