Insights into How My Writing Has Evolved

Harley King writing in his journal.


In the early years of my writing career, I focused solely on writing, reading and rewriting haiku. During a seven year period, I published over 125 haiku in more than 25 magazines including Modern Haiku, Dragonfly, and Cicada. (This was prior to the internet when poetry magazines were still published in hard copy.)

Some of my haiku from this time have more than 20 versions. Often I would only change one or two words. The importance of rewriting had been drilled into me in college. …

Country Charm #10

Saturday, January 26

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(Note: Here is the first chapter of my novel, Country Charm. I have edited it using AutoCrit. I cut about 500 words out of the story. If you have the time to read and comment, I would appreciate it. If not, that is okay too. Here are three questions that I would like for you to answer.

  1. What is your perception of Peter Schertz? Would you want to have coffee with him?
  2. What is your perception of Eleanor Flores?
  3. Does the chapter generate enough interest to want to keep reading. Why or why not?)

Peter shivered instinctively and gripped Eleanor’s…

Harley King

Poet, Novelist, Artist. Follow me on my novel writing journey: Editor: The Torchbearer.

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