I was reluctant to headline this post the way it is, as it may sound too selfie. But poetry interests many people so it’s the poetry that counts here. Then I ask, how do I intersect with poetry? Continue reading “Poetry and me”
Someone predicting the ending of a story makes sense when there is an explanation for the prediction.
Had a flurry of writing over the Easter period and beyond for some devotions I was trying to get through … Continue reading One or two in the mist
Just adding the word may have provided accuracy when one could have missed it out. But is it true?
When is the abundant genre appropriate to write today? Perhaps not these days. But what about past days? Future days? … Continue reading A genre filled with life
A reviewer assumed a screenwriter/director was driven by anger to make a work, but being driven by this emotion seems … Continue reading Writing in anger
Like Ibsen, he knew that to create is to judge oneself From the article “Film Autobiography” by Oswell Blakeston (Film … Continue reading The mirror
As I am progressing my sentence, and stuck for the right word, I try and use two words. Why use … Continue reading One word says it
There are millions even trillions of stories in the Mind’s eye, but only one, maybe two or three, that should … Continue reading One among the million stories
Getting things done is one of the things that bothers me — because of time I might not get the … Continue reading Getting the job done
It is normal for an author to revise published works. Authors of books have done it all the time, I … Continue reading It is normal to revise one’s published work
I’ve been working on a book of reflections based on my readings of the Gospel of Mark. The gospel is … Continue reading Writing reflections is, well, a reflective exercise
I’ve been thinking. Of what use is a writer? When you reach a certain age, you look for a job … Continue reading The genre may choose you
Am thinking is my favorite hashtag. Because when I am thinking I am thinking about how I can move forward, … Continue reading Thinking before writing
Writing is never over. Even the so-called “off-seasons” have a purpose, to enjoy and do well, and to lead one … Continue reading The writing life is fluid
The details of my everyday life can make up real to life stories. I was not wanting to go to … Continue reading On the way…
I didn’t consider every publication, but I would have liked to. I think I almost did. It felt like it … Continue reading Combing those market guides
This is the first thing my writing tutor told me: always research the market first. That was the first module–on … Continue reading The tutor told you so
I have had experience on my side, publishing credits, and an eye to improve for that next piece and the … Continue reading The solitude of the writer
How can a writer let humanity flow in their stories? How does a writer share the human touch that the … Continue reading Writing the relatable human side of characters
My devotion was written, edited, submitted, now in process of a month’s evaluation by the editors, then I am notified … Continue reading Learning from rejection of writing
You know sometimes I like to muse like the guy pictured. Looking into the solar system. And I am musing … Continue reading Dreaming about writing
Memory lane: Circa, 2017. Judson Press sent me a copy of the winter issue of The Secret Place which has … Continue reading It’s in the post. Surprise!
One of things a publisher will want, I think, is commitment, and not serving the writer’s ambition first and foremost. … Continue reading Commitment is more than ambition
Then I am reminded, in the throes of writing a piece frantically. Remember the lesson? The one in the classroom? … Continue reading The mentor worth remembering
Writings: delayed, like many other things, but even more important. But it will have to wait. Continue reading If I only had time
Someone I did not know told me I was doing a great job writing for such and such a publisher. … Continue reading Working on yourself, not some other writer
Putting the much loved poem on the back burner was the logical next step. This after desperately searching for a … Continue reading Persevering with the poem that’s a labor of love
“I have two websites I use for information on publishing,” said the fledging writer to her inquisitive hearer. She was … Continue reading Persevering in the face of successful others
The musing said to the aspiring novelist, the novelist was getting no younger: Hope the younger ones do well for … Continue reading Older writers keep on going
In storytelling class, the lecturer may discuss the concept of compelling choice. For these lecturers, compelling choice is the pivot … Continue reading Compelling choices for characters
Improve! Speak for yourself, someone says! Yes, I aim to, maybe you will, too. We’re all trying…Take the opportunity to … Continue reading Self-improvement for the writer
Wisecracker: So you read those Indian romance poems in English. They’re English romances, then. Writer: It was a translation into … Continue reading Writers communicate internationally
Reading some of the romantic poems and literature that comes out of India, I saw a lot of heart brokenness … Continue reading Romance stories from India
In the throes of life, an artist happens to be picturing something in their mind, and wishes to translate that to paper. It may have arrived ‘through the ceiling’ as it was; or in the other words it just popped into their mind. It could come from observation of the real world; a landscape, a person; a thing. But like a camera the artist has a snap shot in their mind of something they want to put onto canvas or in a novel.
One idea can produce two ideas, but they both take a different slant, that’s the difference. For example, take this … Continue reading The stimulus of ideas
Rejection can be a task master making you try harder, be different, fit in, conform, and do what will make … Continue reading Lessons of rejection: belief
Nebulous writing is without a plan, a shape, a design. Just write. With the thought in the back of the head: think about where this piece, this novel, this screenplay is going.
Happens at some stage in a writing career. The fluid recording of thoughts, typed, or on paper, translated into something of a story, a piece, an article, a personal experience related, into a script of some important story.
In the end, nebulous writing isn’t nebulous at all, for all writing must go somewhere.
Whatever you do do it well- Walt Disney I’d like to avoid the difficult editing stages of polishing a piece … Continue reading Editing to personal satisfaction
A way to be understood if someone cannot distinguish your speech. Say one is asking another person what spread she … Continue reading Understanding the nuances of the language
The question blogger writers get quite often is what are you working on? What are you doing? They can reply in the comments section or their own posts. Sometimes, the question is asked face-to-face.
Sometimes, a writer takes the bull by the horns and just writes, whatever the result, whatever the outcome. Like they … Continue reading Writing by instinct no matter what
They tell you to never look back. It just stifles the present. In writing, it makes one think of the negative points of one’s writing. I wish I had done it better one moans. However, I do not mind looking back at what I have written in the past if just for the curiosity of rediscovering how my older work sounded.
What kind of future. Contributing, that’s all. Had it been foreseen? Continue reading The writer’s life may not be chosen
Keep on trying. See what happens. Then after a while I saw the future. Continue reading The future happens when writing
As part of my writing journey, an important part for me, is reviewing what I have already written.
But no one needs to tell him that. It is pretty self-evident. Pretty self-evident, you say? Come off it. It’s … Continue reading Deciphering, what?
Track record of successes, and bragging rights, is, for me, not important; I do not bond with it or like. … Continue reading Not letting writing get to your head
I always intend on doing a good if not great job, something that I can be proud of, or at … Continue reading The ever learning writer
Over a week, I wrote five devotions, which gave me a choice of which ones to submit to the editor. … Continue reading Choosing the better ones
There are the usual habits of the writer, but for me one of the most important one is “waste not, … Continue reading In the habit of writing well
Writing foundations—the core values—and the silent voice they come through. At other times, the abstract nature of writing takes over … Continue reading A discipline of writing
In the maelstrom of bustling street-life, I am unperturbed, Content in my way and yours But we are all going … Continue reading Is this all?
Why be an author? I mean, an author of books. This is the question I ask myself and I come up with the same answer, which is really a question. Am I committed to being an author of books?
Sometimes, slight sense of irony in a sentence can add color to what would be a pedestrian line of writing … Continue reading Imaginatively using irony
There’s always in the back of the mind of a writer of shorter material the time when he’ll be an … Continue reading Becoming the author – is one ready?
The humble writer or artist and filmmaker for that matter, may shy away from publicity or at least attempt to. … Continue reading What will the author do next?
The writer and the artist are names that can be used interchangeably, in terms of function– the purpose is to … Continue reading The art in it all
Stories have a habit of mushrooming and expanding out, which one article can’t handle. The follow-up article continues the story. … Continue reading Follow-up articles are always interesting
It’s always nice to be told you’re doing a good job, even when it could have better. Continue reading Compliments received even when
What I have learnt from reflecting on an article about a controversial issue, is to find the ‘cog that turns … Continue reading Controversial articles
When an article is merely interesting. If its my article, I deny it. Because I believe, rightly or wrongly, that … Continue reading Merely interesting?
For me, when it comes to reading a piece, the best effect is when I’m intrigued and stimulated by the … Continue reading This is stimulating reading
Have you ever had the feeling a piece of writing goes on and on, especially in the middle, when it … Continue reading When the article lacks that certain something
in 1999, I wrote a short piece that was implicitly about truth but even I, the writer of that article, … Continue reading Between truth and experience is the writer
I’ve heard it said that it’s better not to use cliches in one’s writing and it’s better to say it … Continue reading Cliches are pain, are they not?
Sometimes, articles sign off with the big takeaway point — but if a reader will engage that point depends on … Continue reading When endings make sense
An article can reveal the state of mind of the writer, if the reader can see through the writer’s lines. … Continue reading Reflecting on what’s going on in the mind of a writer
Sometimes, a writer may get bored writing in the same genre. So, taking a break may do wonders for the … Continue reading Writers taking a break everywhere
I may have grown out of writing articles for one reason or another, but I hope my published articles inspired, … Continue reading Did that inspire you?
The headline, the opening paragraph, and the photos, all come together to set the tone for the article. The editors … Continue reading When the page comes together
Some readers know implicitly what a writer is talking about and the writer does not need to explain a thing. … Continue reading No explanation required
Do small touches make the difference to an article? Like a slight tweak, a slight delete, a shortening, a change … Continue reading Small touches matter: the edit that counts
Ever thought an article of yours that was published sounded uneven? Like some parts could have been better, but other … Continue reading Editing SOS
An editor of mine, a while ago, had the good sense to ‘broaden’ or ‘widen’ my paragraphs. In my submitted … Continue reading Editing that works
There’s nothing like a good paragraph to start an article, but what if your own paragraph (this one I’m writing … Continue reading First paragraphs as they say matter
It’s great to read an old article of mine. What somebody said in it are quite simply words of wisdom … Continue reading Moments that matter
A brief guide on how to make a positive impression with an editor for any writer like me who’s been … Continue reading Writing to make an impression on the editor
Why would an editor not edit a piece that is going to be published? The answer may be simple. The … Continue reading Why do editors not edit things?
There comes a time when I must decide on what devotions I am going to submit. The pain of it … Continue reading Submitting agony
There was a period where I again read, but critiqued, my own work, because I thought it wasn’t as readable … Continue reading Looking closer at my work
It’s good even great to get editors to accept your work and publish it even when some things were edited … Continue reading When editors publish your work
An editor has the ability to put a rough edge in a sentence into context, so it sounds just right. … Continue reading When using language, remember to cross your t’s
This post is about when someone gives their opinion of your article: good, boring, needs improving or is too long. … Continue reading When someone gives an opinion
It’s nice to have read through an article I got published and find the editor did nothing significant at all–in … Continue reading Just right
It’s so easy for the details to slip through the cracks if one isn’t paying full, conscious attention. Years back, … Continue reading When something goes wrong
It’s a problem that I have been overcoming. With some of my work, a problem when I’m writing is saying … Continue reading Thoughtfully approaching a piece if it’s cluttered
There are different ways readers can respond, or react for that matter, to articles. Anger is one reaction; the article … Continue reading Are some articles not helpful?
This week I’ve been turning paragraphs around in terms of their arrangement within the paragraph. But what about swapping two … Continue reading Fancy editing
Looking back, a really old review of mine was given major editorial treatment, in other words it was in need … Continue reading Helpful editors in time of need
Some articles I wrote in the past, I used to send off to the editor in a bit of a … Continue reading Editing freshly
In retrospect, certain embarrassing turns of phrase and articulations in a column I wrote were going to make my column … Continue reading Confession: the editor saved my article
I wrote a piece that might have been a risk; would I jeopardize my column? Not that it seemed to … Continue reading Risk: just do it?
I hadn’t touched some articles for a few months, but time adds a little more perspective, and one can see … Continue reading Time brings some perspective
I found this helpful on Image Journal: “the risk of sharing work with us”. What I say there may be … Continue reading The contributor’s risk understood