What nationality would you be if you could not be what you are? Do you ever *think* you’d like to be someone else, and from somewhere else?
I have lived here in England for nearly two decades. There are still times I don’t understand a “Britishism” tossed at me in conversation. Or my English Mrs. will warn me if I have just said something not normally heard here: “You’re speaking American.”
Who says “romantic” historical novels can’t teach us something?
I feel it’s invaluable and even necessary as writers to “use” what we know. You may think what you experience is “uninteresting,” but to others out there unfamiliar with, for example, places about which you write, it may prove an eye-opener.
I admit I resisted sharing a third post in but three days, but in the end I thought ’tis acceptable. I hope to-day sees you well.
Here’s one for the Department of “If You Think No One Is Paying Attention, You’re Wrong.”
And if I run into the “aspiring author” stuff one more time on social media, or well, anywhere, I may, uh, well… I just hate seeing it.
“Over there,” a tour guide announces, “is the famous painting of the signing of the 1776 Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. Next to it, you see a magnificent painting of the British surrender at Saratoga, New York. There’s George Washington, who defeated the British…”
Yes, I will admit that today is my birthday.
Hello from upstate New York! We’ve made it!
There is so much that is good writing out there, I am a firm believer in embracing what you enjoy in terms of literature.
I think about this issue now as a writer, and I suspect I’m not alone. If you too write ORIGINAL fiction, you probably also take your copyrighted characters seriously and are protective of them.
If you cannot impress readers while remaining true to yourself, you are doing writing wrong.
Twenty-three years ago this morning, July 14, 1995 (yes, yes, that was indeed before some of you were born), in Paris I was standing along the Champs Elysées…
Cricket and baseball may have evolved from the same source(s), but they are now distinctive games and are in fact national cultural emblems of sorts.