Stephen Evans

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Stephen is a playwright and author of The Marriage of True Minds and A Transcendental Journey.

Seasons of the Soul

Who looks in the sun will see no light else; but also he will see no shadow. Our life revolves unceasingly, but the centre is ever the same, and the wise will regard only the seasons of the soul. 


Journal, March 10, 1841


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The Road to Truth

"We are now so far from the road to truth, that religious teachers dispute and hate each other, and speculative men are esteemed unsound and frivolous."

Ralph Waldo Emerson



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Katherine Gregor
How – sadly – true!
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 09:42
Rosy Cole
Plus ça they say. It seems we could be thinking along the same lines with our respective posts today.
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 17:25
I guess the above comments refer to Emerson's statement. Interesting, because just today I commented on a site called Christian He... Read More
Thursday, 13 November 2014 21:09
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Hedda and Hamlet

Historically, playwrights are too often judged by the complexity of their characters, not the excellence of their plays. But this is a literary judgment, not a dramatic one. 

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Orna Raz
It is an interesting and valid observation, but I find that it is almost impossible to separate between dramatic and literary. We ... Read More
Monday, 27 October 2014 16:19
Stephen Evans
Definitely. I am doing an adaptation of Hedda Gabler for a local theater and I was struck by the difference (in my view) of the qu... Read More
Monday, 27 October 2014 17:35
Orna Raz
Good luck:-) I haven't read Ibsen for many years and I wonder if it still works. I find that Richard II really fits the descriptio... Read More
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 01:55
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Decision Pointers

Psychologist Abraham Maslow once defined a hierarchy of human needs I personally think that a hierarchy is probably the wrong structure; a star within a circle is probably a better representation, or something like the Enneagram (for representation, not content).

As writers, we tend to think a lot about selling books, and we probably buy a lot of books too. But today I am thinking about why people buy books. Based on my own habits, I think that there is rough series of decision points in the process of buying a book.

The standard presentation of the stages of a consumer purchase includes (interpreted by me):

1) Needing

2) Finding

3) Deciding

4) Purchasing

5) Evaluating

Again, a straightforward hierarchy or process is probably oversimplified. There is likely a lot of overlap and mixing and matching. Maybe a Venn diagram would work. But for purposes of understanding, we’ll let that slide.

Here is my guess at the stages of the (or my) book buying process:

1) Learning

2) Wanting

3) Accepting

4) Needing

5) Valuing

It sounds like the stages of grief, doesn’t it? Here is what I mean


Learning: The reader discovers that the book exists.

Wanting: The book deals with something the reader cares about.

Accepting: The book passes some quality barrier: design, reviews, word of mouth.

Needing: The books satisfies a need.

Valuing: The book is worth the cost in money and time.

So the book buying process boils down to LWANV.

I think I need to work on my acronyms…

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Rosy Cole
Excellent. But I feel quite strongly that the reader alone should decide on the 'quality barrier', based on what is directly pre... Read More
Monday, 20 October 2014 23:32
Stephen Evans
You'll have to take that up with the readers. Which, if you can, you're probably in good shape anyway.
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 05:32
Rosy Cole
I don't think it's a matter first and foremost for readers, Steve. It's a complex issue altogether and is bound up with the parlou... Read More
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:53
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