As long-time readers of my blog know, I’m all for any tool that makes my life as a writer easier. Nothing made that clearer for me than when, a few years ago, I suffered from very very bad case of … Continue reading
This week I begin on that always fun quest, picking the next big story. Yup, that’s right. After dealing with life the past couple of years, I’m finally set to return to the keyboard in a very creative way. Just … Continue reading
I’m getting ready to start prepping the next novel. As with all fiction writers, that means that I need to develop characters, settings, and situations which are relatable and compelling enough to make a reader want to slog through several … Continue reading
Mark Harris poses the question: “Is Sci-Fi Out of Ideas?” in his article on EW.com (http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20169296,00.html). While I don’t think the commentary is as cutting as it could be, it did make me ponder. I’m currently in the throws of … Continue reading
A little piece of original fiction that crossed my mind. Blah blah copyright blah blah yada.
Being a writer-type person, I sing to the most under-appreciated cog in the machinations of writing: the reader. I’m not talking about those people who buy what you’ve written and read it. No, I’m talking about those people who read … Continue reading
I mentioned in a previous entry about The Process that the lack of a MacGuffin had stymied me in my development of my next story. I had the elements but no way of getting them all on the path that … Continue reading
For me, the most difficult part of writing is the “what do I write next” part. When we compound that with my firm stance that there is no such thing as writer’s block, just writers not willing to err, then … Continue reading
Novel done. Feel good. Two weeks, have life. Then start new novel. Sleep now.
I’m just going to say it up-front: I hate having to be creative. Don’t get me wrong. I love writing. It’s really one of the bestest vocations ever. The best thing is that the reality of writing is that it’s … Continue reading
The single most annoying part for me of the American version of English is the stupid convention of placing punctuation inside quote marks…ALWAYS (except for the exceptions). This has driven me mad since elementary school. It makes no freakin’ sense. … Continue reading
Yesterday, I finished up the first rewrite of the current novel. As is my standard practice, this is a page-one rewrite of the first draft. That, of course, means typing out the 100K+ words a second time–not so much fun … Continue reading
Writing fiction is such an interesting exercise–one that is very familiar to other writers, but also unique to each individual. After many years, styles, and genre, I’ve settled into a basic strategy the works for me. First comes all the … Continue reading
I’m often surprised that after I tell people I’m a writer many become very attentive. Some are struggling writers themselves. Many are readers and are amazed with the process of creating something out of nothing. A few are people who … Continue reading
I finished the first draft of the latest SF novel at the end of this summer, and was faced with the always daunting task of going through the text to figure out what does and doesn’t work, find the continuity … Continue reading