Anne Rice: The Writing Process [Part 5]

Anne Rice – The Writing Process [Part 5]

But, what is her writing process? Does she plan out her stories or let the characters take her where they will? The “Anne Rice Examiner” decided to ask the author these questions and more. Her answers, as always, are honest, insightful and provide the reader and fledgling writer with a treasure trove of useful information and a greater sense of Anne Rice, the writer.

And now, Anne Rice:

5 – In a recent post, you said that the copy-editing process can be the most creative, yet challenging, part of the process; why?

anne_riceWhen I send the manuscript to NY, I’m finished with it, having done my best. The copy editor there goes over it for spelling, punctuation, inconsistencies, dropped words, any “problem” in the text. But my good copy editors never “re-write.” They don’t strike out phrases or rearrange sentences or try to creatively “correct” my style or teach me how to do it. Again, they correct mistakes only, and then return the manuscript to me. I go over it word by word and not only approve or reject their corrections, but find all kinds of things to change on my own, phrases I want to perfect, sentences to strike out, inconsistencies that no one else perhaps can notice. It can be grueling. But it’s always a wonderful opportunity to enhance, to add, to refine. —– You’re looking for errors, but you’re also seeing your prose after a time of rest and thought, and you’re seeing things you might have missed earlier. There have been times when I added whole paragraphs and pages to the copy edited manuscript. Other times, no — simply small things. Then when the galleys come — the first print run with all your copy edits —- you can go through this all again. It’s your last real chance to add something here or there, or refine, or cut, etc.

‘A’ to ‘Z’ Writing Challenge #10

The A-Z Writing Challenge I recreated a writing challenge I found on a fellow blog mates Post. I modified the Challenge. The First Challenge was ‘A’ to ‘Z’ Writing Challenge #1 – ‘A dark and stormy night…’ A new phrase will appear every Monday with a new #. With the new weekly phrase write a [Story, Poem, Essay, Flash Fiction, Letter*, etc…] using the prompt as the beginning of the first sentence and each following sentence is to begin with the next letter of the alphabet.’B’ and ‘C’ and so on. I hope you will find this a fun Challenge and a Good Time Playing with the alphabet and awakening the creative in all of us. [If you decide you want to write in the form of a letter, the Dear Whomever does not count as part of the A-Z first line].

'a' to 'z' writing prompt poster #10

The ‘A’ to ‘Z’ Writing Challenge #10 – “Are you going…”



A new Writing Prompt will appear on Mondays on ‘the secret keeper’ & posted in your email early Monday @2:05am EDT East Coast USA. The Challenge will close Late Sunday Afternoon @5pm NYC Time. Then the next Challenge will be Posted at the above day and time.

CHALLENGE #1: The first of The ‘A’ to ‘Z’ Writing Prompt Challenge #1 – “A dark and stormy night…”and all others will be Posted on ‘the secret keeper’ Available on Mondays @2:05am EDT East Coast NYC USA Time.


Remembrance: Marcel Proust – Part 7

Remembrance: Marcel Proust

Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”


Part 7

“Thanks to art,
instead of seeing one world only,
our own,
we see that world multiply itself
and we have at our disposal
as many worlds
as there are original artists,
worlds more different
one from the other
than those which revolve
in infinite space,
worlds which,
centuries after the extinction
of the fire
from which their light
first emanated,
whether it is called
Rembrandt or Vermeer,
send us still each one
its special radiance.”
― Marcel Proust

Marcel_Proust_(Père_Lachaise) side by side hotel - grave


“Amy” Official Teaser Trailer – Amy Winehouse Documentary HD

Release due out in the Summer of 2015

First look at AMY, Asif Kapadia’s new documentary about the life and career of Amy Winehouse.

Back To Black – Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse
Where Was Every One?

Where was every one? Where did everybody go? Why was she alone on July 23rd 2011, the date she died? [Amy died in the early hours of my birthday. That is why I remember the date so well]. What was the scream the neighbor heard? Why did no one help her? She had an amazing talent. Why did the paparazzi have to hound her so severely? This was so reminiscent of Princess Diana. It frightened her in the same way. Where once the cameras were play, they developed into an attack nightmare. In her face whenever she stepped out of her protective spaces.

Her life was out of control and no one helped long enough for her to find her balance. It is a waste when young geniuses are stolen away from us. It happens too often. What more did they have to give? Maybe that was it, we wanted too much from Amy Winehouse. And the press turned around and blasted her, bringing her down with contemptuous lies. Labeling her without even knowing her. The public believed all they heard. It always does. People even joked about her drug and alcohol problems, like it was for our entertainment.

Why are other people’s lives used for entertainment? I want to appreciate the talent, not who they slept with or watch them interacting in their faux lives. Some want to believe the worst. It makes for news and good gossip. Crashes on the highways always make for a 15 minute fascination. And the public keeps upping the ante. Wanting more exposure to the guts of humanity. The need for tragedy flows strong in the society that circles our globe. What is that thrill all about?

Inventing the imaginary figure that wasn’t Amy. The world did not know Amy Winehouse. What was said and written about her was not Amy. She was the young woman with a great smile, a soulful voice and an extreme shyness. When she sang, her soul was flowing out into her music. She came alive and safe in her music, though it would tear out the listeners soul. What did her singing do to her. Music brought her alive. Every kind of alive. The depth of feeling and the honesty of her soul was playing Raw out there on the stage.

I miss Amy Winehouse. Her music and her ability to entertain. We can share her on her videos and albums. And now an honest documentary, I hope, shows what was really going on. Lets hope we get a glimpse into the Amy Winehouse I know I love.

But look around, the takers were alive and well while Amy was still alive. Now that she is dead, they are ever more present, living off of their golden goose. She is Wanted more Dead than Alive. – by Jennifer Kiley