Here’s another author you wish you knew: Warren Alexander, poet, short story and article writer answering the questions of what is your favorite book/story you’ve written and what prompted it and where can folks can find examples of your work?
For the Lack Of An ‘N.’
I am working on a satirical novel about business. I wanted to compare a business meeting with a family gathering. As I was dithering about the similarities and differences of the two, I typed the word ‘diner’ instead of ‘dinner.’ The omission of one letter led to a full chapter that I had not expected.
This reaffirmed one of my basic tenets of writing. “Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work.” Those are the words of Chuck Close, perhaps the greatest living artist.
One mistake led to new characters, a much funnier idea than I originally thought, and what I hope is an engaging chapter. If I had not been working and failing, I would not have found success.
For the Lack Of An ‘N’ publication date: Unknown.
Warren Alexander grew up in Brooklyn, NY and still lives in New York City. He studied with Thomas Keneally, Peter Carey, and E. L. Doctorow, among others at NYU, where he received his MA in creative writing
From Brooklyn to Spain by Subway
Inaugural issue-Inner Circle Writers’ Magazine, February 2019
The Call of Ice Cream
The Inner Circle Literary Anthology, December 2019
On Sewers-Inner Circle Writers Magazine, March 2020
How to Write Funny-Inaugural issue-Inner Circle Writers’ Magazine, February 2019
You can find other examples of Warren’s work at these links: