Showing posts from May, 2012

Kurt Vonnegut's suggestions for writing and writers

Kurt Vonnegut Jnr was an interesting writer, mainly of satire but also SF and black comedy. You can read more about him here: Kurt Vonnegut His guide and tips for aspiring writers are also informative and useful. He has seven rules, which he elucidates here in entertaining style, appropriately : Kurt Vonnegut's advice to writers 1. Find a subject you care about 2. Do not ramble, though 3. Keep it simple 4. Have guts to cut 5. Sound like yourself 6. Say what you mean 7. Pity the readers Vonnegut also came up with these further eight suggestions for writing fiction: Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water. Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action. Start as close to the end as possible. Be a Sadi

Circalit and Shortbread Stories

To follow up my post back in March about my homes elsewhere on the web, here are a couple more links for subscribers and visitors to this blog: Here is my home at Circalit, where you can read some of my short stories for free: Steven Mace - Circalit Here is my home at Shortbread Stories, where I have published stories available to read, review and comment upon: Steven Mace at Shortbread Stories

The Golem

' golem (גולם; English pronunciation:  / ˈɡ o ʊ l ə m/ GOH -l ə m ) In Jewish folklore, a golem is an animated anthropomorphic being created entirely from inanimate matter. In modern Hebrew the word golem literally means "pupa" but can also mean "fool", "dumb" or even "stupid." It meant amorphous, unformed material in Psalms and medieval writing.' Golem The concept of the Golem in Jewish folklore inspired this short film/animation/stage script I wrote a couple of years back. I thought I'd publish it online and share it with readers. THE GOLEM SCENE   1   Aaron Goldstein’s study, in his luxury city apartment, 7.30pm ( In a darkened study within a city apartment, a bespectacled man sits at a desk, chanting softly and leaning over a large pile of what looks like sand, mud and stones. He is a tall and slim man, wearing a black suit. His hair is full and white, and he wears glasses. He also had a white beard, which is pointed.