Insightful Writing

In a recent post, I wrote about the difference between opinions and ideas. I’ve been thinking a lot about that since, and have decided that writing is a useful tool for turning opinions into ideas…and even INSIGHT.

Whether you’re an author or not, writing helps you get to know yourself (a very daunting task since we are so complicated). My college professor said:

“You don’t know any more than what you can write.” Continue reading

Bent Wrists Lesson #12: Disclaimers

Almost every work of fiction begins with a disclaimer like this:

…all persons appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real people, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

If you’re a writer, you know that legal statement is hogwash.  We’re told repeatedly to write what we KNOW, so sadly that includes everyone we KNOW.  Everything we write is based on fact—people we know or have seen in the airport, places we’ve been to or researched, etc; these all lead our writing. Continue reading