State of the world Without you to say so would make a better world What lies behind those words of … Continue reading State
Life is wide, within our reach, inside of it, our lot. We are not without grasp, inside this realm, Someone … Continue reading 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
Never seen that before. Look at this. Just awe-inspiring. And so unusual. Can’t believe it. Is it true? I was … Continue reading A surreal picture
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.
Empty: a state of being without. Empty: a state of being without because of lack. Empty: a state of being … Continue reading Lost: Empty
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.
Where does one go when The light goes dim And the ones who Matter won’t listen to The ones who … Continue reading Of the day
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?
In this summary, of an article I wrote for Challenge Weekly in 2005, New Zealand Marist Brother Richard Dunleavy who … Continue reading Living former Pope: Brother says
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
Image Journal, as well as proving helpful descriptions about the submission process (see previous post), also provided helpful descriptions of … Continue reading Grappling with faith
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
Editors are there to present your work, but I wasn’t expecting life lessons as well. However, I’ve finally grasped what … Continue reading Good, unexpected lessons from editors
I have seven devotional ideas to write into devotions, with probably more inspired by my readings each day. I don’t … Continue reading Grist to the mill
Writing while doing other things in life as you would normally do can be hectic. Keeping up to date with … Continue reading On the agenda, on a busy day
Writing my own stories may be best left with a free online platform like WordPress, because I wonder if the traditional publishers will ever take my own stories on board? Of course, traditional publishers do take stories, but they tend to be the ones that suit the publisher, not any old story, not the ones that I may want to write. My own stories may have to be written a certain way before they are even considered by traditional publishers. I can’t be myself or else face a rejection because it wasn’t written the way the publisher wants it written.
I don’t know how many times I’ve come across the statement “competition is fierce” in writers guidelines. But it’s really … Continue reading Competition is fierce
If freelancers do not have the precise knowledge of a genre of writing, how would freelancers get their work published … Continue reading Lack of genre knowledge may not be a barrier
Getting rejected by a publisher hurts, like it did for me today. In my case this time it was a … Continue reading Writing rejection is not the end
The opposite of the problem of writers block is too much writing. There are lots of ideas and written passages … Continue reading When ideas are too many to handle
On last count, a few minutes ago, one-third of my shelved devotions that I have looked at again have been … Continue reading Focusing on one point eliminates waffle
I wrote just over a dozen devotions recently, but only two I decided to submit, the salient ones. I realized … Continue reading Filing away the ‘reusable’ ones
Writing does not have to be a career thing, but one can spend one hour on it a day or two or three hours.
My first draft looked at a little tatty, what’s new? I was going to flag it. Never to submit the … Continue reading Persevering
Budding screenwriters take note.
I came across an encouraging obituary.
Creators don’t like people saying that only 1 episode matters. The creator says, it all matters (They also tell the picky fans to get a life). Scope. Some like their series to never end.
One part after the other that continues the story on and on.
Writing is a catch-22, but I’m not talking ’bout the film or novel on which a film is based. Catch-22 … Continue reading To revise or not to revise
New Year can mean there is a spike in divorces, according to one lawyer. Does it also mean a spike in giving up vocations, jobs, employment or gigs as well? One may feel like giving the job away after a nice relaxing holiday.
Rejection seldom takes a writer well, but taking it on the chin can be enlightening. Personally, I would like to … Continue reading Submit everything or only the best?
Motivation can be an issue for a writer if not on assignment. It’s possible for a writer not on assignment … Continue reading A writer with strong motivation is a storm force
One of the pressures of being on “assignment” is getting the job done on time. It requires a little foresight … Continue reading Getting the assignment done on time
There’s an easy way to file away ideas and thoughts. It’s not by filing ideas and thoughts for different genres … Continue reading Ideas notebook for all those invasive thoughts