Is My Idea Original?

Is My Idea Original?

This is a question I’m asked from time to time by inexperienced writers, who are—quite naturally—concerned that they’re not seen as copying another author or idea, or are afraid of having someone else copy theirs. I say “quite naturally,”...
Books you have to write

Books you have to write

The peculiar thing about writing a book is that sometimes you don’t know where the idea for it came from. Other times you can trace it exactly to something you saw, heard, read, researched, etc. But whatever spawned the idea, something about it made you feel as if you...
The Pleasures of Reading Together

The Pleasures of Reading Together

I moved into an apartment in an old mill building in Biddeford, Maine in February of this year. Although I have a daughter, grandsons, and a brother and his family who live in Portland (twenty minutes away), I knew no one in this town. I stayed in touch, of course,...