word craft



How Not to Write a Play


When I was a high school upper­class­man and had already com­mit­ted to a life in the­atre (as only an ado­les­cent can do) I was an avid read­er of Harold Clur­man and Wal­ter Kerr.

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History as Story

I’m a believ­er in what the philoso­pher George San­tayana once wrote: “Those who can­not remem­ber the past are con­demned to repeat it.”

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“Less is more.”

Years ago—so many that I was typ­ing on a portable typewriter—I had a dead­line to meet. It involved fin­ish­ing a book, and then typ­ing it and deliv­er­ing it by a cer­tain day. Soon.  (I wish I could remem­ber which book, but I can’t.)   I asked if I could use a friend’s out-of-town sum­mer bun­ga­low and took

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For a vari­ety of rea­sons these days, there is a bit of vogue for self-pub­lish­ing. One can have no objec­tions to that. That said, I think one can find fault with self-edit­ing. Not so much because it is wrong to go with­out exter­nal edit­ing, but because one’s work suffers. 

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Learning to walk

As some of you may have read here, I sus­tained a hip injury a cou­ple of months ago when I slipped on some ice. After my ini­tial fall, there was no pain, no surgery, no med­ica­tions, I’m doing just fine, thank you. But I had a need for phys­i­cal therapy. 

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Stepping back

One of the advan­tages of work­ing on more than one project is when you get tired (“I just can’t look on this again”) of book 1, you can go to book 2, just for a change of pace and text. 

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A recent online review of my lat­est book, Loy­al­ty, read: “ … since most of [Avi’s] books are short sto­ries … I felt it was a lit­tle too long.” 

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Upon seeing my newest book

Some twen­ty-three days after the pre­sump­tive offi­cial pub­li­ca­tion of my lat­est book, Loy­al­ty, I received actu­al copies of the book.

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manuscript submission

Submitting a manuscript

In all this, I am urg­ing that there be noth­ing about your man­u­script that inhibits the read­er from read­ing it. That is, after all, the point. 

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