Category Archives: writing (the craft of writing; good vs. bad writing; my training, experience, and lessons re same)

Nuts?

      I could not help but think of my recent post “After Racist Rage, Statues Fall”   https://rogersgleanings.com/2017/09/06/after-racist-rage-statues-fall/   when I read an op-ed piece by Gail Collins in today’s New York Times: “Dogs, Saints and Columbus Day” The … Continue reading

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left vs. right brainedness; and, CREATIVITY

    An animated discussion with an acquaintance the other day got me to thinking about the concept of left vs. right brainedness (known by scientists as lateralization of brain function) and how it affects people. Clearly, it is a … Continue reading

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an exchange re Tolstoy (and some things I learned) … plus, why it pays to keep one’s eye on others’ writing

    Elisabeth van der Meer has a new post on her site about Russian literature, which I follow avidly. “Tolstoy and Homer” https://arussianaffair.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/tolstoy-and-homer/   Ms. van der Meer notes: “… Tolstoy considered himself equal to Homer. He was so … Continue reading

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how to write descriptive prose

      “Six boys came running over the hill half an hour early that afternoon, running hard, their heads down, their forearms working, their breath whistling.”   — John Steinbeck, The Red Pony   One can just imagine how … Continue reading

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Vocabulary: Building and Using One’s Own; The Delight of Same; Its Value to a Writer

      Vocabulary: Building and Using One’s Own; The Delight of Same; Its Value to a Writer By Roger W. Smith     The following are some exchanges about VOCABULARY (no less) that I have had recently, via email, … Continue reading

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J-school students, give heed!

    Yes, I’m a J-school grad. M.A., Journalism, New York University, 1988. All journalism students are taught, first and foremost, the importance of the LEAD. Here’s a stupendous one: Without it, if you are a New Yorker of a … Continue reading

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kudos

    Writers hunger for understanding and appreciation (as well as readers). A few readers of this blog, besides disagreeing (often vehemently) with my point of view, as reflected in some of my posts, have also critiqued my writing. I … Continue reading

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