Archive for April 2010

All's well that ends "well"

I read a novel yesterday by a promising young writer and although I enjoyed it, I was reminded of just how important satisfying endings are.  Like openings, endings are tricky. When editors send back a short story or reject a novel, nine times out of ten they’ll say the ending didn’t work for them.  It’s…

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Newsflash — nobody has a clue

Before I published, I had this fantasy that somewhere, perhaps on the top floor of a glittering skyscraper in New York City, at the end of a long corridor lined with books and the portraits of famous writers, was a room in which stood a heavy oak table surrounded by high-backed leather chairs.  In these…

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Approaching the page… "Hello, Page."

I was out for dinner with a writer I admire last week, she asked me if I actually read poetry.  I noted the word “actually” as a hint she didn’t.  I said I did. “Huh,” she said.  “I could never quite get into it.” Now, this writer is a non-fiction writer, and a humorist, and…

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Is that a bull you're burning on your altar, or are you just trying to annoy your neighbors?

Madeleine L’Engle, author of, among other things, A Wrinkle in Time, called Biblical purists “Fundalits.”  She was quite fond of the fundamentals of the Bible, but highly annoyed by people who took them literally.  I agree.  As someone who takes the Bible seriously, I simply can’t take it literally.  Thankfully, I’m not alone.  My mother-in-law,…

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