Posts tagged ‘Stories’

February 11, 2011

How to Write a Great Novel

If you want to write a great work of fiction, there is no better
(or worse) dictum than John Bunyan’s. I guess this should be
listed in the If-You-Have-to-Ask category.

by John Bunyan

The Author’s Apology for his Book

{1} When at the first I took my pen in hand
Thus for to write, I did not understand
That I at all should make a little book
In such a mode; nay, I had undertook
To make another; which, when almost done,
Before I was aware, I this begun.


Write on . . .

December 27, 2010

Dorothy Parker on living a poor writer’s life—

INTERVIEWER: Do you think economic security is an advantage to the writer?

PARKER: Yes. Being in a garret doesn’t do you any good unless you’re some sort of a Keats. The people who lived and wrote well in the twenties were comfortable and living easy. They were able to find stories and novels, and good ones, in conflicts that came out of two million dollars a year, not a garret. As for me, I’d like to have money. And I’d like to be a good writer. These two can come together, and I hope they will, but if that’s too adorable, I’d rather have money. I hate almost all rich people, but I think I’d be darling at it. At the moment, however, I like to think of Maurice Baring’s remark: “If you would know what the Lord God thinks of money, you have only to look at those to whom he gives it.” I realize that’s not much help when the wolf comes scratching at the door, but it’s a comfort.

September 29, 2010

“Late Night Waitress,” a short story related to my novel, Blues Pizza

My story, “Late Night Waitress,” is related to my novel, Blues Pizza. It made the rough draft but got left on the cutting room floor . . . to be picked up and then recycled into its own character study. It is available in PDF form at the Wilderness House Literary Review website:

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