Category Archives: Music of Writing

Gabriela and The Widow–Montaigne Medal Finalist

I received this today from the Eric Hoffer Award panel: Dear Author/Publisher: Congratulations. As part of the Eric Hoffer Award, your book (Gabriela and The Widow, my emphasis)  was nominated for the Montaigne Medal. Your book is still on track … Continue reading

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The Jack Straw 50th–A place, an instrument, and time

The Jack Straw 50th Seattle, June 15th, 2012 7:00 AM A man turns a clarinet into a horn, a flute, a piccolo. He plays a Suite for Parts of the Clarinet. It is unlike anything I’ve heard before. I ask … Continue reading

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Youtube Video Promo for Blood

This is the promo Dan Oles created and posted on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rpxiTOOsTs

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How Do You Start a Novel?

Note: For the NaNoWriMo writers who find your way here, Bob Ray has posted a “Tips for Surviving NaNoWriMo” on Bob and Jack’s Writing Blog. Check it out. I get this question a lot when readers tear into one of … Continue reading

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What’s a Plot Track?

Okay. A couple of readers want to know what a plot track is and how it works. You can run a plot track on an object, a symbol, a character, an action. In the examples below, all from Blood, I … Continue reading

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How The Memory Plot Track Started in Blood

I first thought about the problem of memory and how we know what words mean a few years ago. In Blood, I decided to make memory a central plot track. So, as Mitch writes his story, The Patron Saint of … Continue reading

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Will Theory Kill Writing?

Can writers theorize about writing without dying? Or, is theory best left to philosophers leaving writing to the writers? In Degrée Zero de l’écriture, Roland Barthes breaks us up into two categories: Ecrivants—who write about things and whose language is … Continue reading

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Art of the Cut To Technique

From: Jack Remick] Sent: Friday, September 19, 2008 4:30 PM To: Vladimir Subject: cut to Vlado, Look at cut to as a technique you use to get control of a story. It’s not an end point. It’s a passing technique … Continue reading

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Quoted on the web

Dal Jeanis in Dallas, TX has a blog called White Flow. He’s interested in the moment of release that Natalie Goldberg talks about in “Bones” and “Wild Mind”– Lose Control, Don’t Think. He found this in a piece I wrote … Continue reading

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Solving First Person Narrative

The Writer Continues his Conversation with Himself because no one is reading his Blog. 5-15-2008 Louisa’s Café Today I write about what I don’t know–The challenge of voice in a First Person Narrative. I have two problems: 1. The Voice … Continue reading

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