An Author Interview on Creative Inspiration and the Writing Craft

The Artist's Road

My infamous whiteboard wall is mentioned yet again in this interview... My infamous whiteboard wall is mentioned yet again in this interview…

I’m honored to have been interviewed by memoir author Kathleen Pooler on her excellent website/blog, Memoir Writer’s Journey. I guess I got a bit carried away in my answers to her questions, because she’s having to break up the interview into two parts. The first–a discussion of creative insights and inspirations, largely–is now live. The second half–more craft-focused, although with some discussion of living an art-committed life–will be published Thursday.

I’m an admirer of Pooler and her writing, and gave her memoir Ever Faithful to his Lead a positive review on Goodreads. It means a lot to me that she liked Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road and sought to interview me.

I plan soon to post Part Two of my three-part series on making use of extended metaphors in your creative writing; stay…

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People Talking

If only!!!

Write Through It

People talking. Dialogue. Here’s what the American Heritage Dictionary (online) has to say about it:

1. a. A conversation between two or more people. b. A discussion of positions or beliefs, especially between groups to resolve a disagreement.
2. a. Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative. b. The lines or passages in a script that are intended to be spoken.

Here we’re mainly concerned with #2, but as you’ll see, #1 is also important, especially #1a.

Writers of technical and scholarly material may not have to bother with dialogue. They can write papers and whole books in which people don’t talk to each other. For fiction writers, memoirists, and writers of nonfiction of a more personal kind, dialogue is almost indispensable. It also comes in handy for journalists and academics who incorporate interviews with real people into their work. They don’t make the dialogue up, but it takes skill…

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