Category Archives: writing

When you study eight languages, what do you learn? You learn how to study a language at all.

The first thing is grammar. Understanding what rules govern meaning. Meaning is all about relationships. Put the same words in a different order, or twist their endings, and you change meaning–or create garble. The same ingredients, different impacts. Therefore observe. Scrutinize. Plumb … Continue reading

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In which I rant about posers

How safely fashionable self-crowned experts are in their advice. But fashion is not truth. They go to different parties. “Writing rules.” Give me a break. If there is one truth–and there isn’t–I’ll take Kafka’s: A book must be the axe for the … Continue reading

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When Crossing the Rubicon in a Paper Boat

It helps, as your hair fans in its waters, before the other shore is visible, to make your heart new oaths–ones you’ll drag from your death if the river demands it. I know my oaths. One is to this damn beast of … Continue reading

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Yet from those flames no light, but rather darkness visible ~ Milton

One of the touchstone images on my writing desk is a magnet of Caravaggio’s David with the Head of Goliath. I actually bumped into this painting in Rome. What I loved about our encounter was that I didn’t recognize the painting … Continue reading

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Sometimes everything has to be destroyed

I think it was Picasso who said that creativity is first of all an act of destruction. A year ago today, a play destroyed me. Or rather, since I went to see it ten times, and then lied so that … Continue reading

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Timber, I’m not falling

Strange days, strange days. Recently I got some beautiful feedback on my screenplay, CROW.  Things were said which I hadn’t realized I needed to hear. When I began CROW, I knew it might take six or seven scripts before I wrote a worthy … Continue reading

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A terrifying thought

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.  ~ Picasso

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Writing takes many matches

You are the one who writes and the one who is written.  ~ Edmond Jabès

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The 99 Miles of October

October has been a not ill-used month. I set myself two challenges, one mental and the other physical. And I arduously died a million writerly agonies over three chapters that needed minor remodeling. I’m finally done with chapters three, four … Continue reading

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Early Mornings

I enjoy writing while the world’s asleep all around me.  And since I’ve always been a morning person, that tends to be when I write.  The early mornings. My internal clock’s gotten very happy about this, and I suppose it’s … Continue reading

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