Writing 4.4 – Breaking the Rules

You’ve probably heard people say “You have to know the rules before you can break them.” For a long time I wasn’t sure what that meant, not until I realized I had been doing exactly that. Here are some rules about breaking rules.

Orange is the New Black: A Thanksgiving Tale

You can get anything you want At Alice’s Restaurant. Walk right in, it’s around the back Just a half a mile from the railroad track. You can get anything you want At Alice’s Restaurant.      –  Arlo Guthrie If you know the song, you’ll eventually understand. 1. _______________ This is a first and only…

Writing 2.7 – Are You “Published”?

In a continuing series on my writing views and experiences, I ask what it means to be “published.” _______________________________________ On more than one occasion I’ve been involved with discussions about publishing, more specifically, debates about what it takes to be a “published author”?  I’ll give you my thoughts, and then you have three options:  1.…

Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty opens with actual audio of people trapped in the World Trade Center after the planes struck on September 11, 2001.  Then we see words that have caused some controversy:  Based on first-hand accounts of actual events.  To some people, this is a proclamation that Zero Dark Thirty is virtually a documentary or…

The Road to Publishing

From what I’ve been told, because I know nothing about it first hand, the road to publishing a book includes many little trips along the way.  One of those trips is getting smaller things published, like short stories.  I haven’t tried that option yet, although I plan to.  Here’s one place for such a step:…