A few weeks ago, three of my favorite bloggers agreed to form a writing panel for today's post. I asked them to respond to five quotes about a writer's identity, and in their responses, they produced some smashing quotes of their own. First, a quick introduction... Paul is a retired English professor who has published several short … Continue reading Writers Respond to Famous Quotes
JK Rowling's Harry Potter books claim 7 of the slots in the top 10 bestselling books of all times. That's a stupefying statistic if I've ever heard one! Rowling's writing is enchanting by its own right. If she had stopped at Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the book still would have fared well with children. If she had wrapped Harry's … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Power of the Heptalogy
I usually pull positive excerpts from books. This week, I decided to nitpick a bit. I wanted to like the book My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, but there were two elements to the narrative that made it difficult for me to engage with the story. First up: the Imagination Bruiser I love unusual verbs, visual … Continue reading My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry: A Bit of a Browbeater
"Did you base your characters on your friends and family?" "Where do you come up with your ideas?" "Was this story inspired by your life?" These questions are the bacteria of the literary world. They exist everywhere. They spring from the cold desert dust on the surface of Mars in scifi; they get busy in the stomachs of the … Continue reading Are all books autobiographical?