"I meant to do that."
There are a lot of places where I and everything else in sight don’t make for a comfortable fit. Where the drummer has one rhythm going and my feet twitch to some other cadence entirely. Most people will eventually cop to the same. Once we drop our pretenses, we’re all [...]
Gomez has a simple job in life, but he gives it his all.
What do you get when you mix our hottest August on record, a proclivity toward summer lethargy (for which, come to find out, the Japanese have a name: natsubate), and weed allergy season? For starters, me behind on just about everything. Hence [...]
Kevin Bacon playing "6 Degrees Of Moral Repugnance"
It happens to all of us: A work is rejected or critically thrashed on the grounds that the main character isn’t sympathetic enough. Maybe the entire disagreeable herd of them aren’t sympathetic enough.
Of course it’s a highly subjective complaint, and maybe even misses the mark for what [...]
At almost every level, except maybe the upper echelons of bestsellerdom, writers seeking to establish professional relationships face a signal-to-noise ratio so lopsided it’s like pitting a mouse against an elephant.
Guess which critter the writer is.
The only way to cut through the noise and make yourself stand out is to do awesome work. And once [...]
Now you just stand there and think about what you’ve done.
[I'm not keen on the idea of reruns, but better that than giving the day a miss. Today, the past couple of weeks have led up to this question: to euthanize or not. I hope you understand. Here's one from 13 months ago that [...]
Unless you put your work away where nobody else can see it, writing is an act of risk. People might not get it. People might not get you. The work may not fit present needs. And that’s just the submission part.
Publication magnifies all that exponentially … and worse, does so in public. If [...]
"What do you mean, why? ANYBODY could’ve sent flowers."
Predictability seems to be about the worst charge that can be leveled at a storyteller. After plagiarism, that is. Plagiarism and predictability, the big two mortal sins.
It doesn’t matter what you’re writing. It can be the total antithesis of the kinds of tales that, by default, [...]
“In my next incarnation I’m coming back as a sprinter. How ‘bout you?”
In On Writing, Stephen King mentions an early rejection that was one of the best lessons he ever got. It wasn’t an encouraging letter. It barely qualifies as a note. It was just a formula that some kind editor thought might make [...]
Sometimes the most intimidating aspect of tackling a long project, like a novel, isn’t any one thing. It’s the whole thing. The entire monolithic beast. It’s a mountain, you’re at the bottom, and to plant your flag at the top means more climbing than you can possibly imagine.
The sight of it, the thought [...]
This may be taking much for granted, but I’m going to venture a guess that, as a writer, you have at least one of these end-goals in mind. Even if only at the level of a wistful, wouldn’t-it-be-nice daydream:
To be the kind of writer who rewards repeat reading.
To create work that fans introduce [...]