Quit Your Day Job and Write Full Time

You’ve dreamed of it all your life: Sitting on a breezy veranda, laptop open on the table in front of you, hammering away at the keyboard while a well-oiled cabana boy brings you fresh drinks and flexes his muscles. Or you want to live the Hemingway life in Key West, getting drunk every day as… Read More »

Writerly Quote of the Week

“You read advice, you read the thoughts of other writers, and you immediately believe that none of it is useful. ‘I’m just that awesome,’ you think. ‘I have nothing to learn here.’ You’re already doomed.” –Chuck Wendig, “Why You Probably Still Suck as a Writer“

Ditching the Character Interview

Ah, the character interview, the go-to tool for literary and genre writers alike to help them get a feel for their characters’ inner and outer worlds. As if grasping a character’s, er, character is as easy as filling in the blanks on a standardized form. When I first began writing fiction, I tried this route… Read More »

Writerly Quote of the Week

“The wonder is that characteristic efficacy to touch and inspire deep creative centers dwells in the smallest nursery fairy tale–as the flavor of the ocean is contained in a droplet or the whole mystery of life within the egg of a flea. For the symbols of mythology are not manufactured; they cannot be ordered, invented,… Read More »

Upcoming Surprises for Writers

I’ve taken a small break from fiction to work on a non-fiction book for writers. I don’t want to spill the beans about the exact content, but I can say that it will contain a hard look at mistakes I’ve made juxtaposed against helping aspiring and newly published authors avoid those same mistakes. I’ll have… Read More »