It's been said that writers are loners, angsty artists who seek solitude. We are weirdos who want to be left alone, by ourselves, away from everyone and everything. Okay. That's fair. And somewhat true. I think. If you write, do you like being alone? Are you a solitude junkie? I like aloneness. I'm comfortable with … Continue reading To Be Alone
I dislike the many online articles and blog posts that offer a list of dos and don'ts on writing. They are nothing but click bait or shortcuts to the real work of writing. These are the ones that tell you to "start with action," or "show, don't tell," or the "ten rules of writing a … Continue reading The Best Quotes on Writing
I'm a writer. I write. And writers read. You can't write without being a skilled reader. Reading like a writer is important to understand structure and pace and tone from the greatest of the great. Reading other writers works is a serious endeavor and should be considered important to the craft. But...And this is a big … Continue reading I Never Read it. You?
Been thinking a good deal about dogs in literature. I'm writing a blog these days, one I hope will turn into a book in the future, about walking your dog—for the good of the dog and for me. The bigger theme is the joy of a good walk and how a good dog opens up … Continue reading The Dog in Books
I've written creative nonfiction, journalism, fiction, and memoir. When it's all said and done, and if I had to label myself, I guess I would call myself a memoirist. But even that is not quite right. Must I label myself? Maybe naming what I am can help me keep my work in perspective, give it some … Continue reading Something I Thought I’d Never Do
Even now with Father's Day in the rearview mirror, my dad remains on my mind. He pops up there most days in some fashion—in the ninth inning of a Cubs game, when his and my beloved Steelers play, when the final round of the U.S. Open is underway on Dad's Day, as it always is. … Continue reading Audiobooks and the Sound of My Father’s Voice
GIVEAWAY IS OVER. Winners are being notified. Thank you for entering! * * * A Well-Respected Man is celebrating FATHER'S DAY. And you can, too. We are giving away the novel by award-winning author David W. Berner through his blog -- where you are right now -- in an online raffle. Five gifted KINDLE Editions and THREE print … Continue reading Father’s Day Book Giveaway!