Category Archives: Posts by Mark

Random Musings – Reading as a Writer

You know how when you were in high school, your English teacher would make you read Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (or was that The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne)?  And remember how you hated it when s/he asked … Continue reading

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Random Musings – The Unreliable Narrator

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to just get away from it all and spend a long weekend on the Gulf Coast, relaxing in the sun. I’ve been letting my reading slip recently, so I made a vow … Continue reading

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Random Musings – The Non-Fiction Short Story Novel

Any sports fans out there? I hope so, because I’m about to write about a sports book. If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you might recall a post I made a while back about my fascination … Continue reading

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Random Musings – Visualizing Your Prose

I’m not entirely sure if that title makes sense in the context of what I’m going to say here today, but it sounds good to me. Now, to the topic at hand, which is an issue that I see a … Continue reading

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Stuck? Have You Tried a Different Point-of-View?

So you’ve got an awesome idea for a story in your head, it’s all planned out from beginning-to-end; all you need to do is transfer it from your head to the page in front of you. Simplicity, no? Well, not … Continue reading

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Random Musings – The Author and Point-of-View

On casual observation of student’s work, it seems that first-person point-of-view is the perspective that comes most easily to the beginning writer. It’s not that it is easier or better than third-person, but that it is more a natural perspective, … Continue reading

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They Say that Starting Up is Hard to Do; Now I Know, I Know that it’s True

You know what I hate? Trying to re-establish a groove after it’s been interrupted. A month ago, I was exercising daily, reading plenty of new things, and even working on my novel on a semi-regular basis. Then I went to … Continue reading

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