Posts Tagged ‘writing’

  • How to Write a Book: 7 Absurdly Simple Steps

    December 21st, 2017 | Writing | journalpulp | No Comments

    First, there is The Want.   This might sound a little obvious, but the importance of it cannot be overstated: To write a book, you must want it with all your heart and soul. You must make it the most important thing in the world. Because without any doubt, the hardest part of writing a […]

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  • The Woman Who Made a Pact With the Devil

    September 24th, 2017 | Writing | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Paperback here Kindle here CHAPTER 1   She hadn’t expected to like him. He was too skeletal, for one thing, his eyes set a little too deeply inside his skull, his gaze a little too unabashed, too knowing. Longish black hair swept up off a high forehead, with sea-green eyes and a prominent brow-ridge, he […]

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  • How to Write a Story

    May 29th, 2017 | How to write a novel | journalpulp | No Comments

    Here’s how you create a setting: One hour before nightfall, on a pink-and-blue evening in the third week of August, 2011 … Here’s how you create a character: a solitary man traveling on foot … Here’s how you introduce a situation: entered the small, tree-shadowed town of Clifton — an isolated village about which many […]

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  • 7 Stupendously Simple Ways to Make Yourself Into a Better Writer

    November 30th, 2016 | Writing | journalpulp | No Comments

    Suppose someone were to tell you that you could become a better writer in a single week — would you believe it? Me neither. And yet that’s precisely what I’m about to do. And more: I’m about to make a believer out of you. I tried this on a bet — and lost. Here is how you […]

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  • What Is Plot?

    February 16th, 2016 | Plot | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    Literarily, the meaning of the word plot comes from the Old-French word: complot — which means to conspire. But what actually is plot? Plot is the method by which you present your story. Plot is a vehicle. Plot is a purposeful sequence of events — and in a well-plotted story, those events all connect logically […]

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  • Putting The Cock Back In Cocktail (Part 1)

    Putting The Cock Back In Cocktail (Part 1)

    January 10th, 2012 | Bartending | journalpulp | 17 Comments

    Bartending, which, for better or worse, consumes a great deal of my time, is a subject that evidently interests people to no end — judging, at least, from the sheer number of questions I get on the matter — and often I’m asked: Ray, why bartending? The answer is, my love of literature, which I […]

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  • What Is Plot?

    What Is Plot?

    June 22nd, 2011 | Plot | journalpulp | 11 Comments

    Plot is a vehicle. It is the method by which you present your story. Plot is a purposeful sequence of events. In a well-plotted story, those events connect logically, culminating in a specific goal, or climax. “Life is an unceasing sequence of individual actions.” Said Ludwig von Mises. That is true. Plot is similar, but […]

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