Category Archives: Books

The Comfort of Innocence

 My Enchanté column from June 12, 2014 By Mark BerginHe spent much of his early life in a forest before traveling hundreds of thousands of miles. He’s only got a few good friends, but has millions of fans who span several … Continue reading

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Jeffery Deaver’s “The Kill Room”

Jeffery Deaver’s newest thriller, The Kill Room, is not what I expected; it’s better. International intrigue, moral issues involved in new kinds of wars, drone kills, rogue government bureaucrats hiring killers to clean up crime scenes, the military-corporate world and some … Continue reading

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So you want to be a writer? Character Development

Character development is one of the most complicated aspects of writing a novel. Too much back story and the reader feels insulted or, worse, bored. Too little, the reader’s lost. Neither do you want the reader to muse, “methinks he doth … Continue reading

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Writing Advice – how “readable” is your writing?

How “readable” is your writing? I’m a member of a writers’ group, and I realized at our meeting last week that “readability,” or the ability to assess it, is a more obscure concept than I thought. Most people don’t know … Continue reading

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Writing tools – practical advice

In followup to “Sick Boy McCoy’s” comment that “most of writing happens conceptually before we type/write one word,” I’m in full agreement. Writing doesn’t happen when you sit down at a keyboard. I’m almost transcribing thoughts at that point. Much … Continue reading

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Image tells a story

Just received an email questioning how a single image can actually “tell a story.” I offer this photo I took of Drombeg Stone Circle in Ireland. The photo has only been slightly edited. It was a very grey day with … Continue reading

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Becoming a Writer

At least once a week I’m asked how much time I spend writing per day. I make my living as a writer—yes, it is possible. I include my photojournalism work in that. I create images with words and tell stories … Continue reading

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