Love To Write

A Celebration of The Creative Process of Writing

We Want Some of That Human Heat

Sentimentality is entirely in the eye of the beholder. People who keep their emotions under cover, like stiff English butlers…

The Garden Is a World Filled with Secrets

The things you remember about a person when they’re gone are funny. No two people will feel the same way,…

Conflict Is One Form of Behavior. There Are Others . . .

Modernist manuals of writing often conflate story with conflict. This reductionism reflects a culture that inflates aggression and competition while…

Buffalo Berry Jelly

The jelly is a tawny peach color, and the flavor is hard to describe. I might compare it to apple…

“Go on to the useless presents.”

“Go on the Useless Presents.” “Bags of moist and many-colored jelly babies and a folded flag and a false nose…

To learn something new . . .

To learn something new, take the path that you took yesterday. John Burroughs, America naturalist and nature writer (1837–1921) Post…

The importance of stories, from Crow and Weasel

“Remember on this one thing,” said Badger. “The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If…

“Homes, Gamache knew, were a self-portrait.”

Homes, Gamache knew, were a self-portrait. A person’s choice of color, furnishing, pictures. Every touch revealed the individual. God, or…

Every book, every volume . . . has a soul

Every book, every volume . . . has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of…

There is only one plot

There are thirty-two ways to write a story, and I’ve used every one, but there is only one plot –…

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