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Short Nonfiction

Writers look at the world in a different way than non-writers do. If an idea takes their  fancy, it inevitably turns into some written form.  It's not enough to simply tell it--one's fingers itch to caress that computer keyboard--or grab a loose sheet of paper and a pencil.  My own tendencies are to express myself by way of  a memoir, an essay, or an oped. Even what starts out as an informational piece frequently works itself into an oped. But that's okay. I've converted it from the intangible to the tangible.  It's been conceived, mixed, and baked--the cake. The frosting comes when I sell it. 

(For a few tips about writing short nonfiction, 
click here for Write it Short")
which is in the About Writing section. 

The name of the column I wrote for the Metropolitan Observer in Richmond, Virginia, was "On the Soapbox" and I still like that concept. Someone standing up to be counted--to express a viewpoint--willing to risk the possible negative opinions of those who disagree with a stance. Being a liberal in the south wasn't always easy - people would say they liked how I wrote, but sometimes didn't like what I wrote. 

For a daily like the Philadelphia Inquirer and dailies in other cities, the headings  under which my freelance pieces have appeared have usually been "Commentary" or "Oped" or "Life Style." . My subjects vary. Sometimes purely serious, sometimes serious but told with tongue-in-cheek, sometimes historical with a modern twist, and sometimes lighthearted fare that strikes some universal chord. 

 
 

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