This Might Be My Story

Robert J. Ray

I wrote my bio during a timed (45 minute) writing practice. Try it.

Robert J Ray PhD
born in Texas, 1935
snow ice wind heat dust-storms Sunday school rule red brick streets horses cows guns
school tennis paper route heartache journalism sports editor growing pains modest HS aptitude for English, Latin, Spanish; zero aptitude for math
more school at Modesto, Austin, Georgetown in DC (Russian, Chinese), U-Chicago (Hindustani)
graduate school at UT: MA, PHD
college teacher – U Kentucky, Beloit College, Chapman U (OC)
night school teacher – San Diego, Irvine, Seattle
studied tennis with 4 teachers who helped me become an intuitive inner game
tennis teacher San Diego, Beloit
married, divorced, remarried, moved with wife Margot to Seattle (for the weather) three cats so far

Books: The Weekend Novelist (+ revised Weekend Novelist), The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery, The Weekend Novelist Redrafts the Novel (London), Bloody Murdock, Murdock Cracks Ice, Dial “M” for Murdock, Murdock for Hire, Merry Christmas, Murdock, The Hitman Cometh, The Art of Reading: A Handbook on Writing, Small Business: An Entrepreneur’s Plan (5 editions) The Heart of the Game (tennis), Cage of Mirrors

Courses taught: memoir, starting your novel, keeping going on your novel, rewriting your novel, key to your style, dialogue, intro to screenwriting, writing practice, going deep with myth-base, verbs…

Recommended writing guru: Natalie Goldberg

Writing/teaching partner: Jack Remick

Students taught to write better: approx. 10,000

World-view: the worst writer can get better; the best writer can jettison the ego and strive for perfection

Advice: write every day, use a timer, don’t cross out, keep the hand moving, go for the jugular.

  • Students Turned Toward the Light 100% 100%
  • Good vs Bad Reviews 84% 84%
  • Stayed Married 50% 50%
  • Stayed Married to the Right Woman 100% 100%

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