Literary Insights: El Tren De La Muerte

By |2020-03-06T11:54:03-05:00June 8th, 2015|Writing Tips|

Writing The Immigrant Journey Enrique (whose last name is never disclosed to protect his privacy) was only five years old when his mother left him behind in Honduras to begin a new life in the United States. Lourdes believed the separation from her son would last no longer than a year while she earned enough support [...]

Literary Insights: War Without End

By |2020-03-06T11:54:06-05:00May 11th, 2015|Writing Tips|

The Challenges Of Writing War Narratives During the past several years I have been searching for a Tim O’Brien of the Iraq-Afghanistan Wars. I’ve read much of the literature from these wars in search of a writer with the depth of introspection and beauty of language that O’Brien brought to the literature of the Vietnam [...]

Literary Insights: Into The Wild Revisited

By |2020-03-06T11:54:13-05:00April 13th, 2015|Writing Tips|

The Art Of The Memoir And Speaking The Truth Lauren Slater writes that memoirs offer us the opportunity to reinvent the lives we have already invented as we live minute by minute, day by day. “Memoir is the only second chance you ever get at life,” she writes. “It is a willful turning back of the [...]

Literary Insights: Learning To Be Still

By |2020-03-06T11:54:19-05:00March 16th, 2015|Writing Tips|

The Art Of Slowing Down In our hurried and often harried world, thank goodness there are writers reminding us that faster is not always better. In this column I discuss books by two authors—Carl Honore’s In Praise of Slow (HarperCollins, 2004) and Pico Iyer’s The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere (TED Books, 2014)—who write [...]

Literary Insights: Gone Astray

By |2020-03-06T11:54:25-05:00February 16th, 2015|Writing News|

Writing From Personal Experience The most relevant and meaningful writing is drawn from personal experience. If you have lived that experience, you are an immediate expert, not an outsider looking in. In this column I highlight the works of three writers who worked minimum wage jobs—two in simulated situations and one out of necessity—whose experiences [...]

Literary Insights: The Marshmallow Test

By |2020-03-06T11:54:26-05:00January 19th, 2015|Writing Tips|

What Candy Can Teach Us About Self Control During the fall of 2014 I authored a fifteen-part blog entitled Discovering the Greatness in Smallness: 15 Qualities of Great Short Story Writers for DigiWriting. I am pleased to continue guest posts for DigiWriting by writing a monthly column entitled Literary Insights in which I will share insights about [...]

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