Meet the Poets: Carl Sandburg – 1919 and 1951 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 1940 Pulitzer Prize for History

“I make it clear why I write as I do and why other poets write as they do. After hundreds of experiments, I decided to go my own way in style and see what would happen.” – Carl Sandburg Carl Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967) was an American writer and editor, best… Continue reading Meet the Poets: Carl Sandburg – 1919 and 1951 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 1940 Pulitzer Prize for History

Characters in Fiction Writing (An Outline)

Background A character is the representation of a person. My guess is you knew that. The reader should be able to identify with and care about the characters in the sense  that  the characters seem real to the reader. The characters must do something, and what they do must seem reasonable for them to have… Continue reading Characters in Fiction Writing (An Outline)

The Muse, Transformational Grammar, and Writing

Have you ever had a muse, or a muse-like experience where you felt so passionate, or “taken over” by a creative spirit or compulsion to express and create? This is more than just “in the zone” … it’s almost as if someone or something takes over and writes for you. Four examples of a muse… Continue reading The Muse, Transformational Grammar, and Writing

Why I Write

Today is Thursday March 21, 2013.  In 1946, George Orwell (his real name was Eric Arthur Blair) wrote an essay titled “Why I Write”. It detailed his personal journey to becoming a writer. Orwell lists “four great motives for writing” which he feels exist in every writer. He explains that all are present, but in different proportions, and… Continue reading Why I Write

Review: A Christmas Carol: In Prose, A Ghost Story of Christmas

A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge’s ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to… Continue reading Review: A Christmas Carol: In Prose, A Ghost Story of Christmas

Review: The Sound and The Fury

William Faulkner’s birthday was this past Sunday, September 25. In honor of his birthday I reread The Sound and The Fury. I read it 40 years ago while in college. I wondered if it was as great as I remembered. I must admit I struggled through the first 100 plus pages. I discovered the look… Continue reading Review: The Sound and The Fury

Summary: Light in August – Chapters Twenty and Twenty-one

As with the second part of the novel, Hightower’s narration stands between the central story involving Joe Christmas and the outer frame story about Lena Grove. By aiding with the birth of Lena’s child and then by attempting to save Joe Christmas, Hightower has re-entered the stream of life. And even though Hightower failed Christmas,… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapters Twenty and Twenty-one

Summary: Light in August – Chapter Nineteen

Chapter nineteen’s narration from the viewpoint of the town. After the last chapter, in which Joe found a certain peace within himself, he then returns to the community and apparently allows himself to be captured. Since none of the action is from Joe’s point of view, the reader must speculate about what caused him to… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Nineteen

Summary: Light in August – Chapters Seventeen and Eighteen

This is a “two-for” as I have included two chapters, seventeen and eighteen. Earlier in his life, Hightower thought that he had won for himself the freedom of remaining uninvolved in life. But gradually, since the appearance of Lena, he has slowly been drifting back into the stream of life. His re-entry into life is… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapters Seventeen and Eighteen

Summary: Light in August – Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Sixteen presents Joe’s birth and the death of his mother. But whether he actually has Negro blood is left undecided. It was thought that his father had Mexican blood, but old Doc Hines and the circus owner both assert that the father actually had Negro blood. We also find out that it was the… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Sixteen