The Dangers Of The Semi-Autobiographical Novel

There are quite a number of relatively successful novels that I find to be nothing more than thinly-veiled autobiographies. Surely there are others out there who share my sentiment when they come across some book that smells like nothing more than the re-imagination of the author's life. Anis Shivani says, "Bad writing draws attention to…

A Writer Or Father: A Fork In My Road

When I entered the classroom to begin another semester of workshopping my fiction, I felt a gentle warmth in my body. I smiled, which I rarely do. I said hi to a classmate from the prior semester, which I don't ever do. What I was feeling was love. I felt like I was at home.…

The Prison of Imagination

After all these years dedicated to developing mg writing skills, I find that I most often draw inspiration from the real world--and heavily so. Without the real world to stimulate my mind, I find it difficult to write about much of anything. Therefore it can be said that I am not truly creating anything. Rather,…