Winter. Time to think of warmer climes. If you can swing it, I recommend the San Miguel de Allende writers conference. Details here: http://www.sanmiguelworkshops.com/
     If that seems a little exotic for your taste, stick with me here at allwriterswelcome.
     We’ll be dealing with a lot of the same subjects I’ll be teaching down in Mexico next year.
      But this old blogaroo is free.
     Send me a question or a comment that’s been bugging you–or
one that will show the world your superior literary knowlege.
      For example, you may ask, “To what do you attribute the Joycean influences in the early works of Charles Bukowski?” 
      Or, “What’s the deal with those three little period thingies where sentences just trail off . . .
     I’ll do my best to answer your questions, or at least make up a plausable-sounding lie.
     But seriously, bring me your tired sentences, your weary clauses
your senile, drooling syntax, your wobbley word choices, even your broke-back bromides masquerading as  prose. We’ll take a look–learn together.
     The answers to our earlier questions: Bukowski allegedly passed out in a portable toilet one night and woke up with a pee-stained copy of Ulysses stuck to his head.
Spent the next three weeks reading it. And if you buy
that story there is some ocean-front property in North Dakota I’d like to
talk with you about. The little period thingies are called elipses and in manuscript the three periods are separated by spaces. I know, in books they look like this: … But in your manscript, do this: . . . claro?
     But, enough of this mindless hilarity. Time to log off and go
WRITE AT ABSOLUTE TOP SPEED.
    John
    

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2 thoughts on “

  1. Hey, Fast Johnny,

    Some of us lesser lights get caught up between two tenses. An example is a friend’s poem who told a story within a memory, ending with the present, but there was question of which tense would work best (or more than one!). Sorry I don’t have the original as context. I’m just wondering about your thoughts on tenses, por favor. Jenny

  2. Tenses are tough for “lights” of any magnitude.
    If your story time is present tense, then flashbacks are simple past: “I walk into the room. Yesterday I walked into the same room . . .”
    If your story time is past tense, then flashbacks are in past perfect (‘had’ plus a verb)
    “I walked into the room. Yesterday I had walked into the same room . . .”
    I hope that clarifies things.
    JR

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