The Final Re-Post from Open Culture: John Steinbeck’s Writing Tips

Here is my final re-post from Open Culture: http://www.openculture.com/2012/02/john_steinbecks_nobel_prize_speech_and_his_six_tips_for_the_aspiring_writer.html. The article is brief, but I won't copy it here, because everyone with an interest in the art of writing should watch the accompanying five minute video of Steinbeck's profound acceptance speech of the 1962 Nobel Prize.  I will, however, copy below a short paragraph immediately preceding his … Continue reading The Final Re-Post from Open Culture: John Steinbeck’s Writing Tips

More from Open Culture: Twelve Writing Tips from Ray Bradbury

http://www.openculture.com/2012/04/ray_bradbury_gives_12_pieces_of_writing_advice_to_young_authors_2001.html In earlier posts I mentioned that if one is to learn the art of writing, one must study the masters--regardless of genre.  Writing well is writing well whether in mainstream literature, horror, romance, mystery, or whatever.  After the basics of writing are mastered, then one can tailor stories to the accepted practices and traditions of his/her chosen … Continue reading More from Open Culture: Twelve Writing Tips from Ray Bradbury

Observations on “Baby Shoes” and Hemingway’s Iceberg Principle

There is a story that Ernest Hemingway wrote the following to win a bet with other writers that he could write the shortest story: "For sale:  baby shoes.  Never worn." Even a little research on the Internet shows that there is considerable doubt that Hemingway wrote this story, with the earliest reference to it as … Continue reading Observations on “Baby Shoes” and Hemingway’s Iceberg Principle

Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, and the X-files

I just finished watching an episode of the X-Files entitled "Chinga" [note to Spanish-speakers out there:  I don't know who chose the title, so please forgive my language] from Season Five and I  noticed that it was written by Stephen King and Chris Carter (the creator of the X-Files).  The story's antagonist is a talking doll that … Continue reading Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, and the X-files