John H. Matthews

What’s in a name?

My main character's name is taken from someone I know. I don't know him well, but know relatives and friend's of his well. I've contacted him to let him know and as a courtesy ask if he minds. The character bears no real resemblance to...

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Bleeping bleep

I watched an interview with the late Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, on one of the remastered Blu-Ray discs from the new box set. The interviewer asked him about the lack of use of foul language in his books.Fleming said he thought it was...

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Writer or Author

I've been writing off and on since college. Mostly off, but it has always been something I enjoyed getting back to. Now I'm 44 and am nearing completion of my first book.So does this make me an author, or a writer?My guess is that until...

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Steinbeck on Writing

I found this article written by John Steinbeck in 1963:Dear Writer:Although it must be a thousand years ago that I sat in a class in story writing at Stanford, I remember the experience very clearly. I was bright-eyes and bushy-brained and prepared to absorb the...

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The first time is the hardest

This is the hardest post.Over the years I've started and ended several blogs. They begin with optimistic glory, thoughts running around my head that for some reason I feel the need for the world to be able to find and read. I guess that's how...

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