Tolstoy’s Weird Novella

I’m currently reading Edith Wharton’s “The Writing of Fiction.” Her multi-independent-clause sentences are decidely hard to plow through; however, Wharton impressed me with her comments about Tolstoy’s “The Kreutzer Sonata.” Remembering I had a collection of Tolstoy’s works, I plucked the book from the top of my bookshelf and found it. Reading it, however, was…
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More About Edith Wharton

It’s fascinating to read about the habits of famous writers. The new book, “Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors,” by Sarah Stodola shares information about Edith Wharton, the author of “The Age of Innocence” which won her the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1921. Wharton was a wealthy woman who wrote about her contemporaries…
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Advice from a Legendary Editor

Tips from a legendary editor of Harper’s Magazine says that if we want to tell our stories “out of the wilderness of our experience” we should begin with a notebook or diary. Blindfold the computer, send the phone for a walk in the park– (unglue your cell phone from your right hand), and with pen…
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Read Like Edith Wharton

A recently published book called “Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors” by Sarah Stodola gives great insight into the lives of authors that most of us wish we had read–at least that’s the case for me. Oh, I’ve read Ernest Hemingway (who hasn’t?), but I haven’t attempted James Joyce or Junot Diaz, some of…
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Gerry Birch

New Year’s Resolution: A Little Late, but What the Heck

Writing is such a joy. I’ve been doing it for a long, long time, and while writing is said to be a solitary occupation, I’ve never felt lonely while doing it. Perhaps that’s because I’m so engaged with my work that I’ve moved into what some writers call the “Zone.” A newer term for it…
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