Are You Writing For Yourself Or For Readers?

Writers give various reasons for why they write.  Some do it to earn lots of money.  Politicians and actors are given outrageous amounts of money for their memoirs or books about what they believe.  Most writers produce stories and books to appeal to readers.  They...

Freedom Of Speech

The First Amendment of the Constitution allows American citizens to enjoy freedom of speech.  Other nations fear their leaders because the citizens can be punished, sometimes killed for expressing their views in public.  Writers are at times public enemy number one to...

Writing Historical Fiction

A subject that my mom hated when she was in school was history.  But she enjoys reading books that took place in the past.  Any book that is supposed to take place during WW II makes her remember how things were when she was a girl at that time.  Those who write...

What if?

As a science fiction writer, I love to write what if stories.  Some popular TV shows and movies deal with what if.  “The Man In the High Tower” is such a program.  It is about America if we lost the Second World War.  Germany controls the Eastern part of...

First, Second, Third, and Fourth Person Stories

Writers use first, second, third, and fourth person perspectives when writing stories.  Here is an example of first person writing:        I looked across the field and saw her gliding like a dream toward me.  I shouted out to her, “Rita, you look fantastic. ...

Are You An Investigator Or An Insinuator?

A generation or two ago, two of the most admired investigators were Woodward and Bernstein.  In the movie about them, Robert Redford played Woodward and Dustin Hoffman played Bernstein which was perfect casting.  People who enrolled in journalism schools wanted to be...

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