On page turning #amwriting #amediting

Every writer reaches this point, I expect, sooner or later, when a decision has to be taken: continue the story, or close it, refine it, not just through careful editing, but perhaps rewriting too. After forty odd thousand words the story has its own momentum, and the characters their own agenda. Once one reaches theContinue reading “On page turning #amwriting #amediting”

#AtoZAprilChallenge: Zadig

 He is a fictional character, without historical substance, but his author intended him to show how little control mankind has on her destiny. The year was 1747, and Voltaire also wanted to say something about orthodoxy, the established order and the rule of logic. The Book of Fate is a work of considerable influence on writers acrossContinue reading “#AtoZAprilChallenge: Zadig”

#AtoZAprilChallenge: (On) War

He wrote from a position of knowledge: that of people who have been there, who stared defeat in the face, felt the icy lips of Death, and, later, much later, realised the sweetness of victory. He’s an officer’s officer, the strategist of the European legend. When Carl von Clausewitz started writing his book, “On War”, shortlyContinue reading “#AtoZAprilChallenge: (On) War”

#AtoZAprilChallenge: Tradition

 This common word has many meanings: Williams writes that it derived from Latin: tradere – to hand over or deliver. “It is easy to see how a general word for matters handed down from father to son could become specialised, within one form of thought, to the idea of necessary respect and duty… Tradition survivesContinue reading “#AtoZAprilChallenge: Tradition”

#AtoZAprilChallenge: Quibble

 A quibble, from Google, is a “slight objection or criticism”. This is not to be confused with a squabble, “a noisy quarrel about something trivial”. The verb quibble, according to Merriam-Webster, is “to evade the point of an argument by cavilling (“to raise trivial objections”) about words”. From Wikipedia: “In terms of fiction, a quibbleContinue reading “#AtoZAprilChallenge: Quibble”

#AtoZAprilChallenge: Naturalism #WritersWednesday

 Naturalism in literature (from Wikipedia): “Naturalism was a literary movement or tendency from the 1880s to 1940s that used detailed realism to suggest that social conditions, heredity, and environment had inescapable force in shaping human character. It was a mainly unorganized Literary movement that sought to depict believable everyday reality, as opposed to such movementsContinue reading “#AtoZAprilChallenge: Naturalism #WritersWednesday”

#AtoZAprilChallenge: Keywords

For the purpose of this challenge: Raymond Williams’s book “Keywords: A vocabulary of culture and society” (1976-1983) Author of Culture and Society, published in 1958, Cambridge academic and member of Plaid Cymru, Williams was inspired by his country, Wales, and his love of words, their history and their meaning.  I owe to Williams to participateContinue reading “#AtoZAprilChallenge: Keywords”

#AToZAprilChallenge: Genius

 Wikipedia: “A genius is a person who displays exceptional intellectual ability, creativity, or originality, typically to a degree that is associated with the achievement of an unprecedented leap of insight. This may refer to a particular aspect of an individual, or the individual in his or her entirety; to a scholar in many subjects (e.g.Continue reading “#AToZAprilChallenge: Genius”

#AtoZAprilChallenge: Fiction

 “Fiction has the interesting double sense of a kind of Imaginative Literature and of pure (sometimes deliberately deceptive) invention… A general use, ranging between a consciously formed hypothesis (‘mathematical fictions’ 1579) and an artificial  and questionable assumption (‘of his own fiction’), was equally common. Fictitious, from C17, ranged from this to the sense of deceptiveContinue reading “#AtoZAprilChallenge: Fiction”

#AtoZAprilChallenge: AtoZ!

 As in “A to Z April Challenge”: a somewhat futile, but popular, writing exercise of the early decades of the 21st century, practised by the so-called bloggers, on the (then) unregulated World-Wide-Web, consisting of “posting” titbits of nonsense in alphabetical order, mostly during the month of April. It may have been inspired by April fool-day?