Tag Archives: The Drawing Lesson

Jung on Creativity


I’m always fascinated with musings on the creative spirit. Jung wrote quite a bit about creativity. Here’s a short quote. “The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art … Continue reading

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I’ve been puzzling over this one?


I’ve read that Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders once said: “…how frequently in the course of our lives the evil which in itself we seek most to shun, and which, when we are fallen into it, … Continue reading

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Amazon/Penguin Contest, Literary agents


At 12:01 am, January 24th, the Amazon, Penguin Breakthrough Novel Contest opened. At 12:01.5, I began to enter all my documents for The Drawing Lesson,–the Description, the Pitch, the first 5000 words and then the manuscript itself. I pictured the … Continue reading

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A Romance: How a place gets into novels…


Venice is filled with canals and Squares surrounded by ancient palazzos—perfect places to linger and reflect. Narrow fog-ridden calles run like silken spider-webs connecting the Squares and taking me ever onward in exploration of the city and myself. I am a writer and a photographer and I am in love with Venice. Continue reading

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Description in Writing: What Details Do You Prefer?


I really only have one rule when it comes to settings in novels. Don’t write [at least not extensively] about a place you have not been. The reasons are obvious. To create, for the reader, a sense or a “feel” … Continue reading

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Place, Space, Character and Venice…


In writing novels, I used to puzzle over the dictum that setting should be a character in your story. How can a place be a character? Perhaps they mean the setting can establish the mood or say something about your … Continue reading

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Interview With Radio Warwick…


Hello everyone, Exciting news! Radio Warwick in the UK is tentatively scheduled to discuss The Drawing Lesson during Up Your Arts hosted by Thomas Bray and Zoe McMinn this coming Tuesday, November 16 from 3-5pm GMT (10am-12 noon EST). If you’d like to … Continue reading

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