Love To Write

A Celebration of The Creative Process of Writing

The Japanese have a word for it: saku-taku-no-ki.

The Japanese have a word for it: saku-taku-no-ki. Saku – the special sounds a mother hen makes tapping on an…

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said . . . “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it…

There are only two or three human stories . . .

“Yes, sometimes, when I think about father and mother and those who are gone; so many of our old neighbors.”…

Good stories start where others end.

Good stories start where others end. – Jon Franklin, author of Writing for Story (1994)

What you don’t put down can be as important as what you do.

Writers: “The ultimate concern of the artist is not to paint mountains and clouds and trees but the air between them.” So it is, also, with writing.

Don’t, please, get precious about your working methods.

Don’t, please, get precious about your working methods. . . . The more you humor your inadequacies by compensating with…

The stretch of Hudson Street where I live is each day the scene of an intricate sidewalk ballet.

The stretch of Hudson Street where I live is each day the scene of an intricate sidewalk ballet. I make…

Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light . . .

Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone,…

I can’t decide for you whether or not you have got to write

I can’t decide for you whether or not you have got to write, but if anything in the world, war,…

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 –…

The moment one gives close attention to anything . . .

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent…

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