Hordes of Uninspired Scribblers

“The volume of writing is enormous, these days, and much of it has a sort of windiness about it, almost as though the author were in a state of euphoria. ‘Spontaneous me,’ sang Whitman, and, in his innocence, let loose the hordes of uninspired scribblers who would one day confuse spontaneity with genius. The breezy […]

Worth Dying For

“Values, the positive/negative charges of life, are at the soul of our art. The writer shapes story around a perception of what’s worth living for, what’s worth dying for, what’s foolish to pursue, the meaning of justice, truth– the essential values. In decades past, writer and society more or less agreed on these questions, but […]

Better Than Any Living Person

“The characters in your fiction are people. Human beings… Readers want to get to know your characters as well as they know their own friends, their own family. As well as they know themselves. No– better than they know any living person… That’s part of what fiction is for– to give a better understanding of […]

Magic In Both Worlds

“Writers live in two worlds—the real world of friends and family and the imaginary world of their writing. If you were to measure the difference in time spent between the two, I suspect you would find it quite small… Each is compelling in its own way and each makes its demands on a writer’s time. […]


“There’s no rule on how it is to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly. Sometimes it is like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.”  – Ernest Hemingway I am about to embark on the journey of “final edits.” The blasting has all been done. Time to chisel.  – CB

Something That Is Given

“Anyone writing a creative work knows that you open, you yield yourself, and the book talks to you and builds itself. To a certain extent, you become the carrier of something that is given to you from what have been called the Muses—or in biblical language, God. This is no fancy, it is a fact.” […]

The Mark of a Master

“From an instant to eternity, from the intracranial to the intergalactic, the life story of each and every character offers encyclopedic possibilities. The mark of a master is to select only a few moments but give us a lifetime.” – Robert McKee Taken from Robert McKee’s excellent book, Story.  A great guidebook for screenwriters, novelists and […]