Author Archives: midiguru

What It Takes

Somerset Maugham once said, “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” I’m pretty sure there are no rules, but I can tell you five things you’ll need: compassion, imagination, verbal facility, experience … Continue reading

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Talking Heads

Jaded and cynical I may be, but once in a while something new still gets my attention. A new guy on the Facebook writers’ group was asking about YouTube videos on how to write fiction. I jumped in and said, … Continue reading

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Too Much? Or Not Enough?

Drawing the reader into your novel from the very first scene is a delicate business. The first chapter, the first scene, or if possible the first paragraph should intrigue the reader, encouraging her to turn the page. In addition, the … Continue reading

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What It Takes

To be a successful writer, or even a good one (not quite the same thing), one needs a certain combination of characteristics. Over the past dozen years I’ve taught more than a hundred cello students privately, and I’ve begun to … Continue reading

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NaNoPubMo Redux

As the three quasi-regular readers of this blog may perhaps recall, a year ago I chronicled — haphazardly, to be sure — the process of readying my four-volume fantasy epic for publication. Hence, NaNoPubMo: National Novel Publishing Month. A year … Continue reading

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Kryptonite

If legends are to be believed (I don’t recall where I read this), in the first few comic books that featured Superman, he was invulnerable. Not surprising for the Man of Steel. But the writers soon realized they had a … Continue reading

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Cave Dwellers

Every author of fiction is an amateur psychologist. Fiction is about people, and except by an unlikely accident our stories and novels can be no better than our understanding of human nature. All human beings look at the world through … Continue reading

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