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Co-author of East of Tiffany's, 13 short stories of a Latino immigrant's success in USA; a journey from West Harlem to Sutton Place and Park Avenue. Check out the reviews in Amazon.com and in Barnes and Noble.

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My best sellers are my translations of La Dame aux Camelias and Madam Bovary

Professor Guerrero's Blog: How to Become a Writer: Marciano Guerrero (Part 1 of 20) Professor Guerrero's Blog: Book Reviews, Human Interest Articles, Accounting Lessons, and Writing Techniques

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Sentence Openers Book: FREE Lessons

Jane Austen  

Boethius: Consolation of Philosophy

How to Become a Writer  

Personal Finance  

Self Help, Wealth, & Learning

Greeks Romans Trojans  

Feminism  

Great Gatsby: Is Nick Gay?

All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.

Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99


Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language. Transliterated into easy language for enjoyable reading pleasure. Because The Lazarillo of Tormes pointed a new direction, European and American literature benefited with titles that today are considered classics: Cervantes’ Rinconete and Cortadillo; Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews; Tobias Smollett’s Roderick Random, and Peregrine Pickle; Voltaire’s Candide; Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. And many others to include American works ranging from Mark Twain to Saul Bellow.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art. According to Ortega, the arts don't have to tell a human story; art should deal with its own forms—and not with the human form.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic. This e-book teaches how to break the pattern Subject-verb-object--and discard openings that begin with nouns, articles, and pronouns.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality. While business terminology is interwoven throughout these short stories, it's not business lessons that I take away with me, but life lessons. The circumstances and the characters' profound humanity are relatable despite their zip code . "Luke, Postmodern Man" offers a new vista into faith, suffering, and love of neighbor. Way after you read this book you'll find yourself thinking about the various characters throughout the series of stories and will find solace in their unwavering faith. The narrators' ability to reflect on their hardships with such serenity is inspiring.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers! Every page is filled with great writing tips, training lessons, and wonderful useful writing skills! Not only do I write essays for college, but also short stories!
--IVONNIE Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

Sentence Openers on NOOK













All my books are now in KINDLE


Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99
Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Sentence Openers
East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5


The most beloved short story from Spanish literature
All my books are in NOOK $0.99 or in Amazon KINDLE $0.99








All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.
Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99

Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers!
--Ivonnie Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

Sentence Openers on NOOK





Available in KINDLE $0.99


Available in KINDLE $0.99

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

How to Become a Writer: Marciano Guerrero (Part 1 of 20)

Most autobiographical articles begin with the trite “I was born” phrase and move linearly to recount a series of small details that could only be of interest to the biographer or his closest relatives. Not wishing to follow tradition, the series of autobiographical articles I want to publish in my blog, will begin with the present and work its way back to the day I was born.

So, do not for a moment expect linearity —either forward or backward— but fragmented time as I free-write what I think is important for my readers.

Writing will be my focus. That is, how I am becoming a writer; although after more than 500 articles, 3 fiction books, and textbooks, I could say—how I became a writer. Along the way, my readers will find the salient points of my education as they are relevant to writing.

My first guiding rule to become a writer has always been: write every day. Notice that I say “my” first guiding rule. Others will have different rules or no rules at all and yet they still become writers nevertheless.

"Writing to Live": When you think about it, these carefully chosen words capture what I think is a yearning that is like oxygen to the human body; without writing —a person like me and other kindred spirits— will suffocate. Some of us need to express ourselves to justify our existences; some of us must write to live, to go on living.

Once I read an essay by the Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes in which he equated living with writing and not writing with death. These are his exact words: “You start by writing to live. You end by writing so as to die.” Fuentes’ aphorism became a truism to me—Writing to live.

Whether you believe in determinism or not, I think some of our childhood remembrances determine what we are one day to become. In my case, my parents' library has been the most resonant and vivid image that has accompanied me throughout my long years. Not only can I recall the location of the shelves, the leather furniture, the classification of the books, the tobacco smell, the dusty grainy volumes, the piles of strewn magazines, and the oak rustic table where the huge dictionary stood next to a celestial sphere, but also the lighting: the location of the lamps, and the location of the windows.

My father, a landowner, gentleman of leisure, and a political animal, would often talk to me about books, about the different genres, and in particular about writing. With what relish I recall his earnest lectures about writing. “Be clear,” he would always admonish me. “This sentence is too long,” he would say at time; at other times: “Too choppy.”

Not knowing what constituted either a long or a brief sentence, and how to measure it, I would continue to make the same mistakes. Anticipating my quizzical look, one day, he asked me to copy a sentence from one of Henry James’ novel (in translation), and one from the Bible. While I have forgotten the Henry James sentence, I still recall the Biblical sentence: “Jesus wept.” By making his point with those two adroit examples, the light of understanding dawned on my young mind and have watched the length of my sentences from then on. 

Later, when I was an undergraduate at Columbia University, I would air-mail to him copies of my essays, which he would promptly correct and make suggestions. Having studied in England and Germany, he knew English and German very well. One doesn't become a writer overnight--it is a lifetime endeavor.

To become a writer I write essays every day. Since English is my second language, in writing essays I consult Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers.

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