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Reading

On the Value of Close Reading for Writers

The practice of close reading a text is an interesting one. It implies that normal reading is less close. So what is the point of reading a text more closely than normal? Does it yield a better reading experience? Does it provide a window into the soul, or at least the technique of a writer? And […]

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Writing

Stories All the Way Down

The name of this blog, Stories All the Way Down, comes from a presentation I gave back in my days in corporate and technical communication. There is a tendency in those fields to debate if storytelling is a relevant or useful tool for business and technical communication. My contention was, and is, that all communication […]

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Writing

On the Presumption of Writer Blogs

Hi. I’m a novelist. You’ve never heard of me. Read my blog. Because that’s the game here, isn’t it. Writers set up blogs because we are told we need a platform. We need followers We need to be someone. It’s the same Catch-22 as looking for your first job. You need experience to get a […]

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Roaming

Grand Tour 2: All things Lincoln

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Grand Tour

This post originally appeared on my other blog, Every Page is Page One. The series on our Grand Tour will continue here. The second day of our Grand Tour, Monday, April 30, 2018, covered only 100 km from Bloomington to Springfield Illinois. The day was really about all things Lincoln. The route here is simple […]

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Writing

Tension, texture, and tenderness

This post originally appeared on my other blog, Every Page is Page One. I’d like to float the notion that the essential ingredients of drama are tension, texture, and tenderness. I’m not advancing this as a robust theory of story or anything like that. Nor am I suggesting that there is some brilliant new insight […]

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Roaming

Grand Tour 1: Chicago to Bloomington

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Grand Tour

The post was originally published on my other blog Every Page is Page One. The series our our Grand Tour will continue here. This is the beginning of the diary of the Grand Tour that my wife and I took in the spring of 2018. The tour consisted of doing the whole of Route 66, […]

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Ranting Writing

The Very Silly War On Very

This post originally appeared on my other blog, Every Page is Page One.  This graphic keeps popping up on writer’s lists and sites, generally to universal applause: This is very silly, but apparently it is not clear to many why it is silly, so I’m going to put my pedant’s hat on and dissect it. […]

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Ranting Reading

Baby It’s Scold Outside

This post originally appeared on my other blog, Every Page is Page One in December 2018 when Baby It’s Cold Outside was the literary cause célèbre of the moment. Few, I’m sure, remember or care now, but the things I had to say on he function and responsibility of literary criticism still seem relevant, so […]