I just finished reading two of your short stories and enjoyed them thoroughly as usual. At the end of the story, a thought just struck me that I should ask you how you could afford to write so much and, of course, so well. Your stories seem to have been written in such a smooth and relaxed manner.The light touch in your stories attracts me the most. Alan, could you please tell us how your stories ( and even your posts for that matter) are brimful of beautiful phrases and idioms? Are all of them imprisoned in the depths of your memory or do you keep a “thesaurus of phrases” nearby? I wonder if there is one available in the market! Alan, do you draft the complete piece that you are going to type in your mind and then type it? I mean, how do you compose all this? Do you make a rough draft and then finalize it? In your phrasal verbs and idiom stories, how did you replace so many words with those short and beautiful phrases? Is it just practice? If,as a student, I asked you to give me one piece of advice about writing, what would that be??
PS Any corrections in my post would highly be appreciated!