Monthly Archives: November 2014

World-class Noticer

“All I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.” E.B. White “He was a world-class noticer.” Roger Angell on E.B. White “Early summer days are a jubilee time for … Continue reading

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Something Wonderful

As we relax and restore body, mind, and spirit, windblown thoughts to savor: Combed by wind and rinsed by rain, 
 or stepping into dew among the stars, I sifted through our shallow thoughts
 and left their tight compass behind. … Continue reading

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Dance On

“You can’t be a blank-minded ingénue. There must be a dance persona that is rich, that has layers of interest. A soloist has to have a ‘voice.’ the way a singer does. And it has to do with — not … Continue reading

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Truth Telling

“Screenwriters don’t write lines. They write stories.” William Nicholson Shadowlands, the love story of the wonderful writer C.S. Lewis and Joy Gresham, is a favorite movie of mine: It’s beautifully written and acted, and has heart and soul. It was … Continue reading

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Three Rules

“There are three rules for writing well. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” W. Somerset Maugham That said, Jeremiah Abrams has come up with three rules that are about as helpful as any other trio you might find — … Continue reading

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Artistic Intensity

“When a book, any sort of book, reaches a certain intensity of artistic performance, it becomes literature. That intensity may be a matter of style, situation, character, emotional tone, or idea, or half a dozen other things. It may also … Continue reading

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Finding Out

“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.” Neil Gaiman Whether we’re writing nonfiction or fiction, there’s no shortage of intriguing and colorful information we may choose to use to spark up … Continue reading

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Something Wonderful

Some lovely words to ponder: it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness, to put a hand on its brow of the flower and retell it in words and in touch it is lovely until it flowers again from … Continue reading

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Runaway Rules

“Any fool can make a rule. And every fool will mind it.” Henry David Thoreau “If you obey all the rules, you’ll miss all the fun.” Katherine Hepburn As in any field, rules abound in our discipline. There’s the “show, … Continue reading

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Get Messy

“I’ve made a ton of mistakes, but you need the messy stuff. You learn from it!” Jennifer Lopez J-Lo coming anywhere near messy stuff? It’s hard to believe: Even her long, flowing hair looks arranged. Still, it’s heartening to know … Continue reading

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