A Few Thoughts on Writing Fiction

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Fiction is a hard sell. In other words, poetry, photography, and art, are going to do much better in the blogging world, than a piece of fiction, but there is a simple, and wonderful reason for that. There are so many incredible blogs, with such outstanding work, that we long to take it all in. So if you do like I do, I go through the reader, just amazed, and I go on to the next post quickly.

Fiction takes a lot of time to read, and when we post it, we are asking the reader to invest time in us, and our work. So with that in mind, I try to keep my segments short. I would like them to be a little over four hundred words, but they always go over it. I cringe when I start hitting six hundred words, because I know I need to make it worth the investment the reader is making.

But I love, love, writing fiction. Several of you have asked me to continue with the Last People series, and that is a huge thrill for me. I am enjoying this series more than any other series I have written. The two main characters are so different from one another, and yet they love each other in amazing ways. I wanted it to be that way. It also gives me a wonderful opportunity to explore culture. If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you know how I love other cultures and people!

By the way, Robert and Belinda, from the Escape series, wanted me to tell you hello. They are still down in the Dominican Republic, and working on getting married. Don’t expect to get a postcard from them though, they are going to be busy!



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Blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”


Oceans 2022

Loneliness is a bike,

without a rider,

a backpack,

with only one sandwich,

and a writer,

without a story,

looking to the sky,

calling for characters,

to be born again.


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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Writing Love Stories

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So how does a guy write love stories? Very carefully! As writers we constantly make decisions about what we write, sometimes without realizing it. With love though, I need to evaluate as I go along, and then look back at the work when it is done. This is true of love poetry as well.

With writing love poems, and stories, I often question how much spice to put in the mix. You can’t write about love without something, such as an embrace, a smile, or kissing? Not enough spice and the story becomes naïve and too boring. Too much spice, and at some point we cross the line, even if we are the ones, making the line. But who decides? We each do.

How do I decide? First, I want to be consistent with who I am as a person, which does not mean I think I’m better than anyone. Far from it! This means I might take out a word or change it. Deleting a line is not uncommon.

I also respect the one I married, and I consider what she might say about it. Will she giggle, and give me a warm smile? Or will she be angry? She has not been angry yet, (Yay!) and sometimes writing love poems really is a blessing to her! (and me) I write out of my inspiration, and think about the one the Creator has given me. I call her “My Love”.

My intent is to stay in a certain range. If you compare my writing to movie ratings, I will be staying in the PG range, maybe less, and not much more. Love is very good thing, and another wonderful fountain of life!

If you haven’t guessed I’m writing several books! 

Life is good.



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Blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”