How Writing Failure Leads to Writing Discipline

My first attempt at a novel followed a Steinbeck binge, my next-in-the-series of fiction-groupie crushes that began with The Iliad, went through Jack London, Saul Bellow, John le Carre, On the Road, and others, and picked up later with John Irving, Elmore Leonard, Nicole Mones, Cormac McCarthy, and Simon Mawer; I’m currently hot for Ian McEwan.  That “first novel” failed through lack of discipline.  I’ll try to explain why. There had been two ...

The Motivation to Write Fiction

Since my current interest is primarily the novel, I'll start by talking about long fiction.  I believe that if you're going to write fiction, you have to respect it on its own merits.  For some writers, storytelling is an art or an obsession or a blood-challenge with which to take up and become enthralled.  For others it may be a working endeavor in pursuit of a livelihood, advancement, recognition, and so on, and getting words on a page is ...

Michael Steinberg. Author: Greatest Hits and Some That Weren’t: Essays and Memoirs 1990-2015, and Still Pitching, ForeWord Magazine/Independent Press 2003 Memoir of the Year

Michael Steinberg. Author: Greatest Hits and Some That Weren’t: Essays and Memoirs 1990-2015, and Still Pitching, ForeWord Magazine/Independent Press 2003 Memoir of the Year
What drives A Proficiency in Billiards—an engaging, wide-ranging mix of travel writing, sports writing, investigative journalism, personal essay, and memoir—is Mason's deep curiosity and spirit of adventure.  The author’s ability to be both curious observer and enthusiastic participant also makes him a most companionable, informed, guide.