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When the End is the Beginning

Written by on August 31, 2014 in Writing Inspiration with 0 Comments
When the End is the Beginning

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

Written by on August 25, 2014 in The Writing Life with 0 Comments
The Michelangelo Concept of Writing, Part 2

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

Written by on August 25, 2014 in The Writing Life with 0 Comments
The Michelangelo Concept of Writing

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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