Remember that book I proclaimed should be considered a Great American Novel? Philipp Meyer’s The Son? Well, it is now a TV show. Continue reading From page to screen: Philipp Meyer’s “The Son” The new AMC show was also written by the author.
You could ask any writer. I’m sure they could tell you how they begin their writing process. Maybe inspiration strikes like lightning — the entire story, right there in their mind, neatly wrapped with a bow. Maybe they have a nugget of an idea and begin to expand from there. Maybe they have a notion of an interesting main character and build the plot around … Continue reading Where I find my inspiration to write There’s just something about the northern woods and lakes.
Once again, Jim was right. But for me, northern Michigan creates much more than an itch to move. It’s an endless inspiration. “Your kids inevitably want to move where they had their vacations when they were younger.” -Jim Harrison Continue reading The place that inspires me
There is a certain degree of mystery in every novel. What’s most impressive is when the plot surfaces, the reader gets a sense of the direction of the story, yet every page is as important as the next and you cannot seem to stop turning them. That’s what it’s like reading Daniel Magariel’s One of the Boys. Continue reading More like “One of the Best” Daniel Magariel’s debut novel is masterful.
The elusive Great American Novel. You’ve heard the term. What does it mean to you? And, in current American culture, is the term becoming outdated? Continue reading The quest to write the Great American Novel Is the notion of the “Great American Novel” outdated?
My advice for aspiring writers is not complex, and it’s also not a fix-all solution to any writing issues you may be facing. But it’s straightforward and it’s incredibly useful. Continue reading Simple advice for aspiring writers One thing separates successful writers from the rest.
It’s not all whiskey and beer. The history of Ireland is both beautiful and heartbreaking. It makes you wish you lived there, yet it also makes you count your blessings. Being of Irish descent, this history has always fascinated me. I’ve found that in order to understand something, you need the full picture. You need to know what came before it, and you need to be … Continue reading Those Irish have a way with words
Is it too long? Too short? Just right? Who’s to say? Let’s diagnose just how important word count really is when writing a story. Continue reading The significance of word count Should writers worry about it?
In a pub on the northern shores of Lake Michigan, at the request of a famous author, a reporter waits patiently for the story that will change his career. Continue reading Merely an Illusion
Thank goodness for John Beilein. The Michigan basketball team was rolling. They had their ups and downs throughout the season, but something finally clicked. They finished strong. They looked determined to make a run in the postseason. And then you hear there’s been an accident with the team’s plane. Your stomach sinks. You say a prayer. And it hits you immediately, after a week of … Continue reading It’s time to thank coach John Beilein
Stay away from religion and politics, right? I try, especially for the heavy issues. But here’s a case that seems pretty one-sided to me. Last week, it was announced that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding would lose $290 million under the newly proposed national budget. That’s almost a 97% cut, down to just $10 million per year. Being a Michigander, this hits particularly hard, but all … Continue reading An argument for the Great Lakes Shouldn’t we protect one of our greatest resources?
This past Tuesday I released my third book, a collection of short stories called In a Northern Town. It seems my writing is getting shorter and shorter. Maybe it has gone with the attention spans of our youth. First came the novel. Then came a novella, which I followed up with a second novella. Being connected, I then published them together in one book. And then … Continue reading The craft of the short story It’s not quite as easy as it seems.
This, I should tell you now, isn’t about comparing the novels of great American writers. See, even the biggest personalities in the world sometimes find themselves in the middle of a feud. Alexander Hamilton vs. Aaron Burr. Biggie vs. Tupac. Hatfields vs. McCoys. Hemingway vs. Faulkner? Rarely do literary names get tossed around when speaking of such rivalries, but in the 1950’s arguably the two biggest names in … Continue reading Do big words yield big emotions? Faulkner thought so. Hemingway, not so much.
Ed A. Murray’s original collection of short stories, all of which are centered around the rugged yet beautiful landscape of northern Michigan, is now available in paperback and on Kindle. Pick up your copy of IN A NORTHERN TOWN today on Kindle or in paperback! “From the author of Between Two Slopes and Somewhere More Than Free comes a collection of short stories that spans the stunning and vast landscape … Continue reading NOW AVAILABLE: In a Northern Town
Shortly after eight o’clock tonight, thousands will fill the seats in Hollywood’s Dolby Theater to honor the biggest names in the film industry. At the same time, millions will sit on couches in living rooms around the country and think, “How have we never heard of these movies?” Hmm. As I do on many Sundays, I sat down and read Mitch Albom’s column in the Detroit Free Press. … Continue reading The best of the year: Who’s to say?
In Cuba, they called him Papa. You’d find him fishing for marlins or drinking whiskey or daiquiris in a local watering hole. He would do the same in Key West. In East Africa, you’d find him big game hunting, the concluding photograph captured with the legend kneeling above a lion or antelope. In France, he’d be writing in a small upstairs room, or sipping coffee and walking along … Continue reading Hemingway’s Michigan: Where he was first inspired
From today until Tuesday (2/28) when In a Northern Town releases, two stories are available for FREE DOWNLOAD at the Amazon Kindle store. The first story, Whiskey Stains the Paper, tells the tale of Maria, a teenage girl who is forced to confront her mysterious father during a tumultuous two-week stay at his home in northern Michigan. The second story, Merely an Illusion, tells the tale of a … Continue reading Free excerpts from In a Northern Town
This may be coming two posts late, but this space will now be dedicated to my new blog. Moving forward, this blog will be home to information about my books, short stories that I’ve written, thoughts about writing and the industry, and general musings on life. Read along to escape the politics and overall craziness in this world. Only true thoughts and celebration reside here. The … Continue reading A place for readers, from a writer
Introducing the brand new redesigned covers for the Amazon bestselling young adult book SOMEWHERE MORE THAN FREE and BETWEEN TWO SLOPES. Also, these two books are now available for the first time ever on Kindle! SOMEWHERE MORE THAN FREE “Travel from the untouched forests of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to the mysterious mountains of eastern Tennessee in this pair of stirring novellas. TO THE LAND OF … Continue reading The first two books like you’ve never seen them before