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Would a Character by Any Other Name Sound as Sweet?

How do you name your characters? I hate it when I see banal, run of the mill character names that read like they’ve been lifted from 1950s conformist literature. When I read an opening that starts like this: “Bill Edwards stopped before he entered the room,” my literary hackles rise instantly. I don’t like him. … Continue reading

Why It’s Harder for Older Writers to be Creative

I envy the younger writer. True, I’ve been writing in one genre or another for more than 30 years[1], and all that experience helps, at least in terms of confidence, but when I read published work by younger writers I’m often impressed by their unbridled imaginations, and the creative freedom they exhibit. I mention this … Continue reading

Fun With Book Covers, Courtesy of Chip Kidd and TED

I’ve been sick all week–like really sick. The doc says the first virus weakened my defenses enough to let in a second virus. I’m starting to recover, but not enough to focus on writing one of my usual dark, deep diatribes about writing. So this week, a stand in of sorts. A friend sent me … Continue reading

Oh, When the Self-Published Come Marching In

The Los Angeles Review has been accepting queries and samples of self-pub books for review for a couple of weeks now, and here are some first impressions, drawn from the submissions. Continue reading

Tahoma Literary Review Now Open for Submissions

TLR is officially open for submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. To find out more about this new (paying) literary journal, please visit us at Tahoma Literary Review.

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