Thinkers I admire: David Suzuki

Thinkers I admire: David Suzuki

David Suzuki writes that ‘Despair Is a Luxury We Can’t Afford’. As a writer, I love the words he chose on a subject we haven’t seen get much traction. It’s almost the polar opposite of my writing, that claims we are short on despair and long on kicking cans down the...

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Despising the Protagonist

Despising the Protagonist

A word about protecting your protagonist from the dislike, even hatred of readers. There are many books where this is exactly the point and they were written with this in mind, often to great success. Think about Patrick Bateman in "American Psycho" by Bret Easton...

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Story Telling

Story Telling

We are story tellers, we writers and maybe it’s time to get comfortable with that. It sounds so old-timey, firesides and marshmallows, the air thick with fireflies and we are grown up now, drowning in information, too sophisticated for a long, drawn out adventure just...

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The Writer’s Life as Told to Me by Others

The Writer’s Life as Told to Me by Others

I’m told that the life of a writer is often a journey filled with passion, creativity, challenges, and introspection. I also hear that writers are individuals who have a unique way of perceiving the world, and they use words as their medium to express their thoughts,...

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Ernest Hemingway as a Writing Guru

Ernest Hemingway as a Writing Guru

Ernest Hemingway is one of the most celebrated and influential American writers of the 20th century and he left an indelible mark on literature with his distinctive writing style and adventurous life. His experiences as a journalist, ambulance driver during World War...

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The Trouble with Getting Published

The Trouble with Getting Published

Thirty years ago, when I first came to Prague to ‘write and live in Europe,’ I made a serious error of judgement. I had access to a 50-year-old motorcycle, a Jawa two-cycle twin and decided to ride it over the Austrian Alps down into Italy to see a friend. In itself,...

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Sabatini Gives It His Best Shot

Sabatini Gives It His Best Shot

Rafael Sabatini is no longer with us, having died in 1950, but he was an Italian-born British writer of romance and adventure novels. Raf is best known for his worldwide bestsellers: The Sea Hawk, Scaramouche, Captain Blood, and Bellarion the Fortunate. Several of his...

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Now Hollywood Actors Have Joined Writers on Strike

Now Hollywood Actors Have Joined Writers on Strike

Jennifer Lawrence, George Clooney and the other actors out on strike in Hollywood are doing it for the underpaid. You may not be aware, but the average annual income for a Sag-Aftra member is approximately $40,000, which is 32% below the national average. That’s...

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Never Plagiarize, but Thieve, Perceive and Retrieve

Never Plagiarize, but Thieve, Perceive and Retrieve

Before I turned to writing I was a landscape architect and my theory about truly learning the craft included visiting every site I could access that had been designed by a famous name. And I didn’t want their latest work, I craved the older works that might show me...

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Placebo Writing, When All Creative Genius Eludes Us

Placebo Writing, When All Creative Genius Eludes Us

A placebo does nothing, but makes us think it does. It’s a human or medical intervention that changes the story we tell ourselves, and what are writers if not story-tellers? Done well, those stories are powerful and who’s to know? If they can save the blues (or the...

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Idling Away My Sunday

Idling Away My Sunday

Several war memoirs I’ve read recently concern the desires of men who have long been in the trenches and I think about Ukraine and friends of mine who've been to war. Those dreams aren’t often directed at a steak dinner, hot shower, or even sex. The predominant wish,...

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The Writer’s Obligation to Climate Change

The Writer’s Obligation to Climate Change

In a very real sense of the matter, certainly the writer bears no more obligation than the ordinary citizen. Those who have an opinion on the matter tend to be high on shaming, possibly other substances as well and very low on obligation. Which is as it should be....

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When the Going Is the Point

When the Going Is the Point

A friend I hold in high esteem says, “when we get to where we’re going…perhaps we should stop. Unless the going was the point.” That’s a fascinating premise to me because it explains a lot about the reasons we are here on this earth and if we’re making a difference....

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Talking to your Characters

Talking to your Characters

One of my favorite quotes is from Bill Bryson, an American writer who’s written some of the best travel writing I’ve ever read, particularly around and about Great Britain. Bill says, “There’s always a little toothpaste left in the tube.” How true that is. When you’re...

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The Art of Writing Non-Fiction

The Art of Writing Non-Fiction

Non-fiction is all too often ignored by the novice writer looking to be the next Hemingway or John Le Carre. But it’s a captivating and powerful form of expression that allows writers to delve into the realms of reality, explore human experiences, and shed light on...

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There Was a Time I Wrote Poetry…

There Was a Time I Wrote Poetry…

There was a time I wrote poetry. Then it turned itself off and prose returned. If you write, have you ever had that happen? I’m not really even a fan of poetry and rarely read it for pleasure. And yet for probably a year and a half it simply came to me on a tram, or...

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ChatGPT and ‘Where the Buffalo Roam’

ChatGPT and ‘Where the Buffalo Roam’

“Give me a home where the buffalo roam” is the refrain from a nostalgic song about the old West. It’s tie-in to ChatGPT is the sense of randomness—that thing that both buffalo and humans share and artificial intelligence lacks. Fiction is a delicate thing because of...

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