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Word Wrangling

Writers are not born; they are created through hard work. Writing is about wrangling words to convey a visual in your reader’s mind. And, to do it well, you need to understand words and what they mean. You need to understand how they connect to one another before attempting to string them into sentences, let alone paragraphs.  Unlike a bad painter, we will still see the image they have created. But the clearer the painter is with their vision and the better they are at working their chosen medium, the better we see the over-all image. Never mind any of the subtle complexities they’re also trying to convey. And so it is with writers. You need to understand words, your chosen tools of the trade, so you too can convey your own vision. LEARNING YOUR CRAFT You might think it’s a waste of time taking writing classes because you can get published online without bothering with editors or agents. You may think it an utter waste of time to study the craft of words. Ignoring …

WIP: Family Roots

The sun was barely up above the horizon and already all the women in the Beringer household were up and busy with small things. Hannah sat with her first cup of steaming coffee, on the floor, playing with Dawg and Tom. Teasing the pair as she let the first light crawl across the parquet floor towards her. The dog nuzzled at her fingers as she closed her eyes and breathed in the damp air. The patio doors thrown wide open to the elements. She loved to sit here as a kid, and now was no exception. Happy to be home for the summer. She heard the soft pad of bare feet before she saw and smelled her mother come in behind her. The soft scent of her cologne always made her feel safe. How would she ever tell her about what had happened? She didn’t know. She put up a hand as her mother passed. Fingers were caressed. “Hello cupcake.” Catherine brushed at her daughter’s raised hand as she leafed through a sheath of paperwork, …

WIP: A Beautiful Mystery

Sanjay Gupta, a slight man of medium height, had Bollywood good-looks that could turn a girl’s head and coax a coy smile. He had soft, liquid brown eyes with uncommonly long eyelashes, sadly, Kalinda Dharma noted, he was also stone cold, and very much dead. She looked down at the man as he lay in repose in the rich loamy earth beneath her booted feet. He looked to all as if he hadn’t a care in the world, eyes wide open, staring up at the vaulted canopy above them.  In the harsh glare of the sim-lites, however, it was clear Gupta’s once sallow brown skin was now an unhealthy shade, as stilled blood—having pooled—gave the skin a mottled purple-red discolouration. Ignoring the group that surrounded her, Kalinda squatted down on her haunches and reached out to touch the body. One, because she wanted to see if the skin, when pressed, turned white. And two, to feel how cool it was. In the absence of a either a pathologist, coroner, or medical examiner, she was it. …

I’m Being Interviewed

I’m so incredibly humbled to have been asked, and interviewed, by the fabulous and talented Lorna Suzuki about my life and how I got into writing. The interview went live today, over on her website, here: ALL KINDS OF WRITING. Lorna works tirelessly helping, supporting and boosting writers, never mind working diligently on her own projects. Her energy is as amazing as the woman herself who, through her own physical hardships, is still able to write, find time for her family and friends, and also support the writing community at large. She is a true inspiration. So please, show Lorna your support and—hopefully—find out a little bit more about me in the process, visit her blog, coffee in hand, and have a read.

Consulting the Stars

Sometime I think that everything I ever learnt about how to write, I learnt from reading Ursula K. Le Guin novels [with humble apologies to my favourite English teacher of way back when]. Even now, I still find myself reaching for one of Le Guin’s works, not just for that spark of inspiration, but to remind myself how did she write this scene, capture that character, orRmake it all work? And just to interject here, Le Guin also wrote some edifying articles and posts. One need only look here, “On Rules of Writing, or, Riffing on Rechy” to get a taste of her knowledge, wit, and insight. Certainly, you can’t do any worse than reading through her articles on writing, especially, and specifically, “What Makes A Story? “I define story as a narrative of events (external or psychological) which moves through time or implies the passage of time, and which involves change. I define plot as a form of story which uses action as its mode usually in the form of conflict, and which closely and …