Anatomy of Perceval

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About the "Perceval" series of future history thriller novels and a professional writer's blog.

Located: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tags: writing, fiction, classical music, conductors, sci fi future, Vienna, suspense, novels

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Choosing and Using Pens on Feb 4, 2012 in The Writing Life, Writing, ballpoint pens, Flair, fountain pens, gel ink pens, handwriting, Papermate, pensEditing on a computer saves an incredible amount of time, but I’ve found that writing a first draft can result in less than stellar writing on the computer.  It works for essays, for example, but not for screenplays.  I write … Continue...



Essay Judging on Jan 30, 2012 in Writing, reading as a writer, Nonfiction, essays, judging essays, proofreading, what makes a professional writerEvery year at this time I serve as a judge of essays written by students who hope to earn a scholarship for their trouble.  Last Saturday afternoon was my judging time this year. Reading the essays gives me more joy … Continue reading →...



Fiction vs. Nonfiction — Or is it really a competition? on Jan 21, 2012 in Fiction, Nonfiction, The Dooms, The Writing Life, Writing, novels, essays, nonfiction, fear, commentary column, commentary blog, Eyes on Life blog, taking risks, andy rooneyAs I’ve been working this week on the assessment read-through for Perceval’s Shadow, I’ve been astounded by how much I accomplished with the first draft, including additional research, character work, new medical and psychology rese...



REVISION PROCESS: Assessment Read-Through on Jan 14, 2012 in Fiction, The Writing Life, Writing, Perceval novels, revision work, The Writer, William KowalskiWilliam Kowalski wrote in “Self-Help for Budding Novelists” in the February 2012 The Writer: We don’t possess all the skills needed to write the novel we have inside us until just after we’ve finished it.  Why?  Because each...



New Year, New Music on Jan 7, 2012 in Classical Music, Conductors, Research, the future, Writing, , Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska, The Composer Institute, the future of musicFuture Classics 2010 After completing the revision of Perceval’s Secret last year, I’ve decided to revise the first draft of Novel 2, Perceval’s Shadow, during the next 6 months.  Evan’s composer friend, Owen te Kumara, occup...



Thinking About Language on Dec 31, 2011 in The Writing Life, Writing, banned words, have fun with words, Lake Superior State University, thinking about languageLast night, as I began to think about what I’d write here today, the last day of 2011, I heard a news report on TV about “banned words.”  Banned?  Why banned?  Eeeeerrrrrgh!  Not in America, I hope.  Although we do … Cont...