B. B. Cockrell http://bbcockrell.com Author of literary fiction about individual lives impacted by World War II Sun, 09 Nov 2014 12:48:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 When the End is the Beginning http://bbcockrell.com/end-beginning/ http://bbcockrell.com/end-beginning/#respond Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:15:33 +0000 http://bbcockrell.com/?p=139 There are probably as many ways to write a novel as there are novelists. In my early writing years—grade school, high school—I believed in a magic formula, and if I could just find it all would be perfect. Easy. I read about all kinds of writers, how they approached their work, what they did, even […]

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The Michelangelo Concept of Writing, Part 2 http://bbcockrell.com/michelangelo-concept-writing-part-2/ http://bbcockrell.com/michelangelo-concept-writing-part-2/#respond Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:58:53 +0000 http://bbcockrell.com/?p=96 The request has come to me: More examples, please. One of the most striking in my experience occurred during the writing of The Picardy Alliance. While “dreaming the story” one evening (described in The Michelangelo Concept of Writing), I saw flashes of what seemed like lightning in a night sky. It illuminated the faces of […]

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The Michelangelo Concept of Writing http://bbcockrell.com/michelangelo-concept-writing/ http://bbcockrell.com/michelangelo-concept-writing/#respond Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:50:43 +0000 http://bbcockrell.com/?p=93 Michelangelo said that the form already existed within the marble, and his job as the sculptor was to reveal that form by removing what didn’t belong. Writing stories—short or novel-length—has always seemed to me something akin to what Michelangelo described. The story already exists, and my job as the writer is to translate it into […]

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The Maginot and Mareth Lines http://bbcockrell.com/maginot-mareth-lines/ http://bbcockrell.com/maginot-mareth-lines/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:36:43 +0000 http://bbcockrell.com/?p=77   In The Picardy Alliance reference is made several times to the Maginot Line; in Elephant Mountain it’s the Mareth Line. I’ve found some readers who are unfamiliar with these terms, so I want to clear up any confusion. After World War I France began building a series of fortifications—including bunkers, casements, and anti-tank defenses—along […]

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Welcome to BB Cockrell http://bbcockrell.com/hello-world/ http://bbcockrell.com/hello-world/#respond Mon, 12 Sep 2011 20:29:44 +0000 http://bbcockrell.com/?p=1 Right now we are under construction. Please return later to see more.

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