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A tête-à-tête with the ‘Wordmaster’

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While the ‘WordMaster’ was busy giving an interview, we tried to gate crash and join in the tête-à-tête. Being the generous guy that he is Larry Binion aka the ‘Wordmaster’ obliged us with his thoughts on different aspects of writing, editing, reviewing a work and a lot more. There was that calmness of expertise on his countenance as he shared his valuable insight for all book lovers and writing professionals. I am glad that I am one of those who has read his works. This interview made me realize that it takes a human revolution to make a writer. Larry Binion, the ‘Wordmaster’ definitely has gone through a conscious self-development to be the magnanimous person that he is. We start the extract of the interview with some of the thoughts the Wordmaster shared with his other friends and then with our team of We Love Quality Books. Here is what Larry Binion had to say:

 

Bo: What does it take to become a writer?

WORDMASTER: All you need to become a writer is what you learned in school. That is as in FREE, public school. Just ask the 10-year-old boy who wrote a book about the Star Wars characters. There are books published every day by those not yet in high school, and in high school. They were brave enough to just do it.

Writing is highly personal. What works for one works for one. It is like learning to whittle. You can read all sorts of books about how to whittle, but until you do it over and over, you can never whittle. See what I mean?

 

Sho: I heard someone say that you are not a writer unless you’re published. How many books do you have to publish before you can call yourself a writer?

WORDMASTER: You can read the book “How to win friends and influence people”, but reading doesn’t make you any friends. You gotta do it.

This being said it does not denigrate the fact that if you want to be a professional, you need to be one in every sense of the word and learn as much about it as possible. Whittlers whittle constantly. They don’t whittle once a month. They do it every day.

I have always maintained that if you do something wrong for 50 years, and do it wrong, it is still wrong. People who say “I’ve been a plumber for 50 years” doesn’t impress me. I want to know, “Can he do it right?” Regardless of long, you do something, can you do it right? Do you follow the rules?

The more you do it, the better you should become. But use the rules as you know them and learn as much as you can. Be sure to work on grammar, style, characterization, and description. Always try to do better than you did yesterday.

Practice. Yep. Babe Ruth practiced. He is known as the ‘Home Run King’. Many writers never make it. My wish is that you do.

 

(As you already know, we could not stop ourselves from interrupting and joining in the conversation. The Wordmaster smilingly obliged us with a smile and these answers.)

 

WeLoveQuality Books: We love what you have written. We are however genuinely interested to know if you have ever faced the infamous ‘Writer’s Block’?

I’ve seldom suffered from this malady. I’ve had too many things on my mind for too many years. I used to drive my mother crazy with questions. Of necessity, I created my own worlds to survive my inner torments. Torn between the true love of my mother and the corrupted, abusive love of my step-dad, I began writing down  my feelings. My father rejected me and some friends betrayed me. I became a thinker and thought about things I felt had not been thought before by humankind.

I delved into writing, not as art or literature, but as an escape mechanism. I needed to be in control, to escape. Once written, I could go back and rewrite anything I didn’t like. I often threw away entire pieces, sometimes a dozen or more at a time.

 

WLQ Books: Threw away what you wrote? Seriously?

WORDMASTER: Once, I threw away 60 pieces at one time. But most of all, the more I wrote, the more I could escape at a later date. Sometimes when I’d visit the pages of the past, I didn’t want to come out of my reverie. Not that my stuff was ever any good. Nay, but it did get better from time to time. I triumphed in my heart at those times, and I writhed in agony when I knew I’d created a disaster.

 

WLQ Books: : Wordmaster, we now understand you as a writer. Now please tell us what would you say is the best way of critiquing someone’s intellectual creation or shall we say, the book, the writer has successfully written and published?

WORDMASTER: I deal in viscous humor. On the serious side, I once belonged to a Writer’s group. One woman was so good at critiquing, that many people left in tears. To deflect the harshness of her words, she began hugging everyone. Now, I can’t hug you. All I can do is bite. Back to my friend.

Her explanation for her “harsh” criticism was that editors are not forgiving. The public is not forgiving. Readers are not forgiving. Take the criticism for what it is, and do better. There is no growth without pain. No pain, no gain. She would take the very best of us and rip them to shreds. But we all grew. I wrote a poem about her.

Now —- having said that——– she NEVER attacked anyone personally. She never called names. As mentioned above, it is the tone that destroys. You can take a sword and save someone’s soul, or rip someone’s heart out. Which way will you wield it?

On the other hand, some are more sensitive than others. Much more sensitive than they should be.

We can all do this. We can’t control others, but we can control ourselves. When we critique, we should do it professionally, keeping our best foot forward as if we were selling the critique to a publisher. When we read a critique, we should neither look for “pat me on the back” or I’ll get mad” or “tell me you hate it and I’ll get mad.”

Take what you want and discard the rest. It is only the opinion of others. C.S. Lewis and Tolkien were in the same writers’ group. They hated each other’s work. They were especially hard on each other. But they remained friends. Look at the astounding success they had.

 

To know more about Larry Binion- The Wordmaster visit https://www.facebook.com/fleaflyfloostories/?fref=ts

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Sunshine Blossom

Ron Button Shares his Thoughts

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While most of us ‘Book Beings’ were cashing in on the last few lines of romantic novels, Ron wasn’t! Our Author Ron Button was creating a ripple in the heart of art with his beautiful verses. Ron’s uniqueness as a writer is that he communicates his stories through verse. This gives his poems an unusual, beautiful charm. Something we can happily call a lyrical delight. Here are the experts of our interview on the topic ‘How to become a Poet.” with the Author.

 

WeLoveQuality Books: You have described your Work as ‘Rhapsody’. What do you mean by that in terms of your writing?

 

Ron Button: “Rhapsody: What is life without rhapsody. Real or fantasy, someone’s idea of world history.”

 

WLQ Books: And what do you think, are the qualities that a poet must have among others to touch lives?

 

R B: To be a poet, one must desire a subject,there is no right or wrong. Or possibly there is a scholar who will tell me what is wrong.
Century’s of prose and rhyme sheltered in books, while others lose their breath, and die.
As a child, little rhymes interested me, a few got me in trouble, so I stopped. (Ron says with a chuckle and continues)
In 1996, from love and jealousy, a star is born.

 

WLQ Books: Please read out some extracts of your favorite work.

 

RB:  Why not!

 

Sunshine Blossom.

As the wind would blow,shifting flowers in the breeze.
The pollen of one circle thru the air,like the waves of the seas.
Quickly it floated,exploring each open gate.
Always anticipating, making the choices, till it found the right mate.
As the particle of life embedded itself firmly.
It left a promise,a great commitment,of a being well worthy.
The restless seed shuffling, wanting to be more.
The breeze lifted it,planted it in God’s bed,now a reason to live for.
The roots and reason,although fragile and weak.
Pushing deeper,growing stronger,till the sprout reached the peak.
While resting and gazing,the sprout saw it’s first light.
With wonder,filling with nourishment,till it saw it’s the first night.
With each passing day,sprout turned to stem.
Virgin petals,innocent figure,beauty would soon set in.
Growing ever so rapidly, reaching for the light.
As spring left,summer came,a bud sprung upward in delight.
Stretching little by little, petals of red and yellow.
First outward,then inward, like the motion of bellows.
Quietly it motioned, in splendor it felt.
Places to go,things to see,much to be felt.
For the first time,confused with inspiration.
A bed of roses, a field of carnations, the thought of creation.
The thankful ones,the harmful masks.
In matter,the causes,to deal with the task.
A Confection is the purpose, maturity, the battle.
To live,to grasp,God and Satan rock the cradle.
With love and hate, she learns in awesome.
To appreciate, to comfort, to be…
Sunshine Blossom.

By Ron G. Button ©2000



WLQ Books: What a wonderful poem! Please tell us more about your literary journey.

 

RB: “This poem began the journey that produced over 100 more poems and metaphors to relive what I titled, ” My Simple Thoughts”  ©2000.
Years pass, the pages sit in a folder, until 2011, when a smile of an online profile inspired me. Extravagant would be the word used to define her. Confident.  I sent my poem, and cashmere surrounded me.”

 

WLQ Books: This is romantic and inspiring Ron!

 

RB: “Inspiration is key: A closed mind ignores the obvious reality that times change, and minds change. When I researched to write a book about “Sunshine Blossom”, words of RUMI, guided me to Persia, to then to Pardis (in my imagination).
Ever feel pressured to write something new every day? Once I began thinking  what I was writing about, I didn’t have to think, words flowed through my mind onto paper.”

 

WLQ Books: What makes you stand out as a poet Ron?

 

RB: I’ve never been to college, attended writing workshops, I even failed English in high school, but I’ve seen the world with an open mind. My poetry has introduced me to all walks and cultures on the earth.

For more information and to read more of Ron Button’s work reach https://www.facebook.com/Ronald.G.Button/

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Why Writers’ Write

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Paperback Post!

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Who doesn’t love an engaging piece of writing? Who doesn’t think twice before putting down a glossy and intriguing front cover with an interesting synopsis? How many times has a book lover debated on buying a book from the airport or the railway station? Only to give into the temptation!

The answer to all these questions is a superlative ‘Yes’!

Everyone obsesses over some book or the other resulting in re-reads. An alluring cover always tempts everybody to buy a good looking book. Perpetually, all  have succumbed to the urge, in splurging at an over the counter book. Travelling provides the greatest boost to the sale of Books. Travellers prefer handy, short and interesting read while they tour in different modes of transport.

A History of Paperbacks

Invariably the light weighted Paperbacks rule the choice of book buyers! Paperbacks are generally economically more viable and are easy to carry manuscripts. They do not take too much space in a  travelling bag, nor do they pile on the weight of luggage considerably. They are light, inexpensive, and accessible. To top of it all, they serve as a valuable gift for every book lover. So often, a book lover ends up finding excuses for an impulsive splurge at a bookshop. However with little or no regret!

Paperbacks came into existence in the 19th Century. They developed with the improvement in printing methods (like the steam-powered paper printing press and pulp mills). The strategic book distribution processes also led to the popularity of Paperbacks. At one stage the name ‘Yellowbooks’ defined softcover books . They came into existence with a strategy of mass production with publishers like Routledge & Sons, that was founded and prospered between 1836 -1898. Ward and Locke Publications in 1854 were the other publishers earning fame with Paperbacks. Both the publishing houses supplied books through W. H Smiths who monopolised the bookstores in railway stations in the United Kingdom. One can handily find the A W.H Smith bookstore in many of the railway stations of Commonwealth countries even today. Publication houses like the German ‘Tauchnitz’ published famous British and American works by different authors. ‘Reclam’ published the works of Shakespeare from October 1857 to November 1967.

Penguin Publications revolutionised Paperbacks and became a huge success in 1935. They incorporated the pioneering techniques in publishing introduced by the German publication house-Albatross Books. As this ill-fated publishing house vanquished due to the Second World War, without any immediate competition, Penguin Publications flourished. Penguin published ‘Ariel’ by the author André Maurois- its first Paperback in 1935 and have never looked back since. Penguin Publications integrated the ‘Color Coding’ technique of Albatross Publications leveraging their appeal in book publications. In USA Robert de Graf and Simon & Schuster created the ‘Pocket Book’ in an alignment of the Paperbacks.

The availability of finding latest books in the kiosks, over the counter shops and a grandmother’s trunk, always sounds like an incredible surprise! Why not surprise our loved ones with a Paperback someday? Coz reading a book does not demand an occasion or a specific emotion. All it needs is some spare time and a cuppa.