Rewriting the Bard: Julius Caesar

Cassius: Did Cicero say anything?Casca: Ay, she spoke Greek.Cassius: To what effect? Casca: Nay, an I tell you that, I'll ne'er look you i'th'face again. But those that understood her smiled at one another, and shook their heads. But for mine own part, it was Greek to me. William Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, Act I, Scene … Continue reading Rewriting the Bard: Julius Caesar

Reading Over the Shoulder: A Thing I Wrote While Writing With Friends at Poor Richards

Writers are over-the-shoulder readers. If there is a writer sitting next to another writer, odds are that one or the other will look over their compatriot's shoulder and peek. There are millions of reasons for this.First, most writers (the real ones) are readers. If words are on a page, then the words must be read. … Continue reading Reading Over the Shoulder: A Thing I Wrote While Writing With Friends at Poor Richards

How Do First Chapters Work?

Rabih Alameddine's novel I, the Divine is a novel told entirely in first chapters. As a reader, the whole-novel-as-first-chapter concept put me in an immediate state of: What do I have to follow here? (The answer is: Sarah's life. It wasn't as difficult a read as I thought it would be. Alameddine flows the first chapters … Continue reading How Do First Chapters Work?

Still Typing: A Tuesday Post of Accountability

Hello writer-friends. It's Tuesday, which means that it's time to be accountable...which I wasn't last Tuesday. Quick reason for no posting last Tuesday: My grandmother died on March 31. It was rather an emotional week that manifested some strange things. The first of which - Last Monday (the Monday after her death) I decided to go … Continue reading Still Typing: A Tuesday Post of Accountability

Spontaneous Prose: What it Looks Like

There’s a list Kerouac jotted down that is often copied. Called “Belief &Technique for Modern Prose,” it is thirty pieces of advice for writers who want to write spontaneously and Beat-like. A couple of my favorites tidbits:#1. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy (because I love the idea of writing … Continue reading Spontaneous Prose: What it Looks Like

Pop Buddhism

This weekend, I finished reading The Dharma Bums – the book that apparently started the Backpack Revolution.First, My Problem:As the title implies, there are a plethora of Eastern-religion references throughout Dharma Bums. My problem was, and remains, that I had the toughest time believing Ray Smith, the main character, really understood the tenets of Buddhism. … Continue reading Pop Buddhism

Thursday Reviews!: Good Blonde and Others by Jack Kerouac (A Mentor Review!)

Good Blonde by Jack KerouacMy rating: 3 of 5 starsBest part about this book:The sections where Kerouac talks his writing style. There are two selection/chapters that cover this "spontaneous prose": "The Essentials of Spontaneous Prose" and "Belief & Technique for Modern Prose." Both are kind of checklists; but how-to lists might be more accurate. Interesting, … Continue reading Thursday Reviews!: Good Blonde and Others by Jack Kerouac (A Mentor Review!)

Adding Gravitas: Kerouac’s Word Choices

“Gravitas” is one of my husband’s million dollar words when he’s offering a critique. It’s a tricky word to digest when it’s thrown at you like: “This needs more gravitas.” He’s much more eloquent but, I mean, what can you do with that?Generally I take it to mean that the stakes aren’t sufficiently high for … Continue reading Adding Gravitas: Kerouac’s Word Choices

A Fond Farewell to the Dame

Well, kids, that's it for Agatha Christie. I hope that you found something interesting to use for your own work from this bestsellingest of authors. Stuff that I'll take away:1. You don't have to be all organized in your notebooks. I know that seems like a really silly thing to take away, but I beat … Continue reading A Fond Farewell to the Dame

Tuesday Post of Accountability!

Okay, so I've decided to add in this as a new blog feature.I've been doing Random Posts of Accountability...but I realized that I only posted those when I had done something. (Was I gonna post about doing nothing? Don't think so.) Now, every Tuesday you will be subjected to regaled by the writing progress I … Continue reading Tuesday Post of Accountability!