my writing

There’s no writer’s block. Let’s end this years’ long controversy.

Bentley and I I sit in front of the computer, thinking. For quite a while, my fingers didn’t touch the keyboard. My mind is outside the room, which I’ve arranged so carefully to avoid any distraction. I shut the blinds to separate myself from the outside world. Bentley, my dog, and a writing companion, sits …

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Miracle of the beating human heart

I remember how I felt seeing an exposed human heart for the first time. I was assisting my mentor with the coronary bypass surgery. After he split the breastbone, and incised the thick layer of the sack enveloping the heart, I saw a slowly contracting glob of muscle. No bigger than a human fist, spirally …

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Alan Heathcock’s 27 Tenets of writing fiction

This post was written on a Twitter request by people looking for this excellent writing advice given by an American fiction writer Alan Heathcock. It is re-posted as-is, preserving the original formatting and syntax. 1. Make a unique character, with a highly specific flaw that puts into question their ability to clearly interpret the world. …

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Eulogies

There was a time during my tenure as a Chief of Staff when quite a few of our doctors died. Attending the funerals wasn’t that uncommon, but that time seemed like more than usual. I attended most of them, not ex officio, but because they were my friends. The ceremonies differed in the religion, style, …

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Why the Poles are so sensitive about World War ll. Druga wojna światowa a sprawa polska

The Poles lived through hell. WW ll started in our country. The hordes of invaders rolled over our land back and forth many times. Comparing them to the brutality of Genghis Khan’s wild tribes would insult Mongolian animals. The inhuman 20th-century ideology was added with sophisticated methods of killing and disposing of the dead bodies. …

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Writer’s block? What writer’s block, or how did I discover Brad Reed @BradReedWrites.

Now, in my retirement, I am a perpetual reader. Not only of fiction but also non-fiction, mainly books about craft of storytelling. And there is an abundant supply of advice how to improve your writing. Besides books you can touch, there are e-books, blogs, YouTube snippets and formal courses. The Teaching Company college level lectures, …

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