Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Sunday, August 8, 2021
Thursday, August 5, 2021
I thought how fun it would be to exchange letters with John Steinbeck when he was a struggling writer in the Depression
I thank you for your own Christmas present in response to my question of what might a bestselling book be like in your time.
Monday, August 2, 2021
Along with women, who through necessity or from the sheer pleasure of dominating rather than being dominated,
learned to get what they wanted through the only coin appreciated by the world:
I started up the steep steps. It was a nice walk if you liked grunting.
There were two hundred and eighty steps up to Cabrillo Street.
They were drifted over with windblown sand and the handrail was as cold and wet as a toad’s belly.
When I reached the top the sparkle had gone from the water and a seagull with a broken trailing leg was twisting against the off-sea breeze.
WHAT DO I MEAN?
Write a basic text, then keep injecting more and more descriptive language
until your reader can see, feel, smell, and taste everything your protagonist is experiencing.
STOP WORRYING ABOUT THE PLOT
Does Life have one coherent Plot?
Not that I have seen on either side of the grave.
It seems to me that the real mystery is not who killed Sir John in his study,
but what the situation really was, what the people were after, what sort of people they were.
Once you have illuminated those facets, the whole gem of the mystery is revealed ...
as is the murderer.
HAVE SOMETHING WORTHWHILE TO SAY
A good mystery is an allegory of what makes life worth living
and how easy it is for it all to go astray.
I talked about what I saw in my L.A. -
the corruption, the crime, the hubris of the elite and their relationship to the human condition -
while telling a riveting, absorbing tale.
WHAT DO YOU SEE IN YOUR WORLD?
How could you relate your impressions of it in a ripping good yarn?
SPEAKING OF GOOD YARNS
My friend, Roland Yeomans,
has written another good one.
TRY IT OUT.
THE 1ST 3 CHAPTERS ARE FREE