Month: January 2015

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Life, The Big Lebowski, and What Have You

Lebowski ipsum dO YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS, LARRY? Dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit praesent ac magna justo pellentesque ac lectus quis. Mr. Lebowski asked me to repeat that: Her life is in your hands. Elit blandit fringilla a ut turpis praesent felis ligula, malesuada suscipit malesuada non. That is our most modestly priced receptacle. Ultrices non urna sed orci ipsum, placerat id condimentum rutrum, rhoncus. Yeah man, it really tied the room together. Ac lorem aliquam placerat posuere neque, at dignissim magna ullamcorper in aliquam sagittis massa. Zere ARE no ROOLZ! Ac tortor ultrices faucibus curabitur. I SAY VEE CUT OFF YOUR CHONSON! Eu mi sapien, ut ultricies. Excuse me! Mark it zero. Next frame. Ipsum morbi eget risus nulla nullam vel nisi enim, vel auctor. When will you find these guys? I mean, do you have any promising leads? Ante morbi id urna vel felis lacinia placerat vestibulum turpis nulla, viverra. Za, okay, I bring mein toolz. Nec volutpat ac, ornare id. Vee vant zat money, Lebowski. Lectus cras pharetra faucibus tristique nullam non accumsan justo nulla. It increases the chances of conception. Facilisi integer interdum elementum nulla, nec eleifend nisl euismod ac maecenas vitae. Your "revolution" is over, Mr. Lebowski! Condolences! The bums lost! Eros velit, eu suscipit erat integer purus lacus, pretium vel venenatis eu, volutpat non. To use the parlance of our times. Erat donec a metus ac eros dictum aliquet nulla consectetur. You want a toe? I can get you a toe, believe me.…

Writing, Creativity and Motivation

Voltaire is reputed to have said to a client “… madam, here is the novel you commissioned it’s in two volumes, if I had more time I could have written it in one.” What a dramatic statement! It gets to the heart of new writers problems – how to be clear and concise. As an established writer I am frequently asked for advice but fail miserably in supplying answers. I have been writing now for over 40 years and still cannot give a clear prescription for the aspiring novelist. But here are some ideas. Firstly, start from a base in which you have some competence or knowledge. I was asked recently to review a manuscript produced by a female. What a surprise – and yet it wasn’t a surprise. The plot was clear, too clear from the beginning. I suspected it was a paradigm of Mills & Boon with little originality by the writer, so here’s another pointer – originality. My first steps into the writing dimension began at school. I was awarded the prize, a novel, for writing and I used the narrative to form the plot for my next writing venture the following year. Much to my astonishment another prize was gained. I didn’t write thereafter for fifteen years as work took up all my attention. I decided to undertake post graduate studies in management, this led me into academic life and all its demands for writing articles, albeit academic. The big test came with my Doctorate –…