Me And One Other Fool (2017/08/16 08:00)
Who's really worth pleasing when you're writing? (And why?)
Action And Reaction And We-action (2017/08/06 07:00)
On not second-guessing audience responses to your work (again).
Two Ways To Blow It Dept. (2017/07/18 08:00)
Meaningless yet complex; simple yet shallow -- two ways to make a story founder.
We Have To Go Deeper Dept. (2017/07/08 08:00)
More on a story being complex vs. being deep.
Not The Bookish Type Dept. (2017/07/06 07:00)
I went looking for books in my personal library that are about the craft of writing. I could barely find any.
Post First Draft Blues (And Greens) Dept. (2017/07/03 09:00)
Some more detailed thoughts on having finished Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned.
Pretty Things Dept. (2017/07/01 08:00)
Go make something beautiful and humane. Everything else is just commentary.
Original Formula Dept. (2017/06/26 08:00)
It's important to deliver original things in the way that matter; it's not important to be original everywhere and always.
Rocks In Your Head (And Out Of Them) Dept. (2017/06/08 05:00)
What to do when a story component is just an albatross. Or a boulder.
Engines Of Empathy Dept. (2017/05/16 08:00)
Does reading make us more empathic, or do more empathic people just make better readers?
Character Building Exercises Dept. (2017/05/04 08:00)
Sometimes making things hard on yourself doesn't "build character"; it just makes things harder than they have to be.
Unblock Me Please Dept. (2017/04/16 08:00)
The real story about writers' block, or lack of same.
Cheap Shots Dept. (2017/04/10 08:00)
On politics in literature, again.
Get Back To Work! Dept. (2017/04/08 05:00)
Writers have a hard time reading industriously without feeling like they're goofing off.
Say Yes To Me Dept. (2017/04/07 08:00)
On the urge to find validation for one's work.
Writer's Revenge Dept. (2017/02/14 08:00)
"I could do that too," said the writer. And thus the trouble began.
The Firstest Or The Bestest Dept. (2017/01/17 08:00)
It doesn't matter who does something first. It matters who does something best. Or who does something most theirs.
Lipstick Traces Dept. (2017/01/16 08:00)
'Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned' and its hidden influences.
Arguments With Myselves Dept. (2017/01/09 08:00)
How a static plot outline becomes a living thing by way of self-dialogue.
Conversations (And Proversations) Dept. (2016/12/10 08:00)
With any story, it takes time to "get the conversation" about the story.
The Most Professional Guys In The Room Dept. (2016/10/18 08:00)
More on what "real writers" do (or don't do).
Label, Label, Label Dept. (2016/10/09 11:00)
I'm not fond of labels. Unfortunately, we can't live without them.
Hindsight For Thee But Not For Me Dept. (2016/10/01 08:00)
Anything that gets in the way of your work is the way; it just doesn't look like it then.
Doing Weird Dept. (2016/09/29 08:00)
Don't do weird. Just do you.
An Appropriate Response Dept. (2016/09/20 08:00)
Creativity; cultural appropriation; "write what you know"; and all that.
Science fiction, rebooted.
Other Lives Of The Mind