Don DeLillo said, “It’s my contention that each book creates its own structure and its own length. I’ve written three or four slim books. It may be that the next novel is a big one, but I don’t know.” Many sources indicate that works of fiction should be between 60K and 90K words, with thrillers … Continue reading Going to great lengths…
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where—” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. “—so long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as … Continue reading Which way ought I go from here…?
"All autobiography is storytelling; all writing is autobiography," said J. M. Coetzee. And Gloria Vanderbilt was quoted stating: "All art, from the paintings on the walls of cave dwellers to art created today, is autobiographical because it comes from the secret place in the soul where imagination resides." My experiencesMy knowledgeMy thoughts I too write … Continue reading A bit of me in all
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough", said Mark Twain. Whether in eating, drinking or anything else, the general consensus seems to be that, too much of anything is not good. Except for Mark Twain's good whiskey or Scott Fitzgerald's Champagne (same quote, different drink). Though alcohol can … Continue reading Too much of a good thing
From August 2019 "The value of achievement lies in the achieving." I love the above quote. Albert Einstein is telling us to enjoy the journey, which is 99% of life. I take this strongly to heart as for me, writing is a trip. Yes, it'd be nice if a sold tons and could be a … Continue reading Imagination is hard work
From July 2019 It was the Indian writer Ashwin Sanghi who said: "Write when drunk. Edit when sober. Marketing is the hangover." Many a time have a written a chapter while under the influence of alcohol. Though often spectacular, the next day I deemed the writing not always suitable, nor consistent or totally missing the … Continue reading It’s a jungle out there!
From July 2019 Given my international and multi-cultural exposure, I have long since learned that people are different and that discrimination - in terms of recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another - is fine. It's when discrimination becomes prejudiced, partisan, and unequal that this becomes repugnant. Being Caucasian, atheist and … Continue reading We are all alike…