Blog #44

The most common question that comes up at workshops is how can I know whether I have enough skill to write professionally? The answer is simple enough: If a person has the ambition to be a writer, that suggests he’s already a reader, so his proficiency with the language should be sufficient. And he’s almost certainly developed a creative sense. Which means if you really want to do it, you probably can. I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s important enough to bring it up again: we all tend to underrate our abilities. All of us, except a handful of idiots, are smarter than we think. I’ve seen that as a teacher and as a manager. The secret to success in any field is learning to believe in ours

Blog Post #43

One of the advantages writers experience, one that people generally don’t hear about, is that publishers and other writers send them a lot of free books. I have more volumes than I could ever hope to read in a lifetime even if I did nothing else. The books are, with a few exceptions, centered in the field in which I work. In addition I buy a fair number of science books so I can keep up with what’s happening. Three volumes arrived during the past few weeks. Howard Hendrix sent a story collection , The Girls with Kaleidoscope Eyes, which contains ten stories of widely different length. Howard provides living characters with plotlines that draw the reader easily into the narrative. He takes us