Even One Word Is Power (2019/10/11 05:00)
I write fiction because I do not want to die feeling I have had no control over my life.
No Place To Put It, Or No Time For it (2019/09/30 08:00)
With all the things I'd like to write about, I have to put my fiction first, if only because there's no one else who can do it.
No Good Vs. Yes Good (2019/09/21 05:00)
Creative paranoia: when you know, just know, your work is worthless in a way only others can see.
Doing The You Thing (2019/09/11 05:00)
On defending that original burst of inspiration to the death.
Doowutchalike, Part Three Hundred And Six (2019/09/10 08:00)
What is the good, and bad, in saying "I do what I dang well want" in any creative medium? I know there's both.
Nobody Cares Enough About Your Idea To Steal It, Part Nine Thousand And Seven (2019/08/31 08:00)
"Don't worry about someone stealing your good ideas. Worry about someone stealing your bad ones!"
How To Make Up Your Flippin' Mind (2019/08/25 08:00)
Learn to cut stuff, lest your creative work becomes one giant act of paralysis.
Nobody Cares Enough About Your Idea To Steal It, Part Nine Thousand And Six (2019/08/11 08:00)
Ideas aren't what matter, anyway. Execution is. And beyond that, the habit of executing. But why do we get hung up about great ideas?
Even Bad Mozart Is Hard (2019/08/07 08:00)
The most beautiful Mozart you'll hear, the one from your own fingers, is beautiful because you now know what it costs to have even a bad version of Mozart out there.
Just Play At This (2019/08/01 08:00)
"Don’t think about your discipline, don’t think about your craft, just play at this."
Advice And Consent (2019/07/13 05:00)
The very best advice I received was not a command but a seed for discussion.
My Own 'What' And 'Why' (2019/07/08 09:00)
How I used to get caught up in thinking about the surfaces of the things I admired.
The Wile E. Coyote Problem (2019/07/07 08:00)
Why much of what we call "genius" is mostly cultivated stubbornness.
Spero Meliora And All That (2019/06/28 08:00)
"Greatness is lived, not had."
I Reject Your Reality And Substitute My Own (2019/06/25 08:00)
The power to visualize something well is not the same as the power to enact it well. In a world ruled by images, it's hard to remember that.
The Bane Of All Curious Minds (2019/06/21 08:00)
What do you do when there's just so much to do and so many things to know? Focus. But how?
Tinker Toys (2019/06/11 05:00)
In some ways I'm quite stodgy when it comes to the software tools I use for my creative projects.
Bliss Is Ignorance (2019/06/08 05:00)
There was once a time when I felt I was a better writer when I didn't really know what I was doing.
Apocalypse Table Stakes (2019/05/29 05:00)
My creative sin: writing stories where all of creation hangs in the balance, YET AGAIN.
The Refutation Proclamation (2019/05/21 08:00)
Make something that is your answer to all the things in the world you don't want.
The Old New Thing, Again (2019/04/30 05:00)
"The familiar is beautiful until it becomes chic to prefer the different."
Big Ticket Items (2019/04/26 08:00)
More on popular culture as a bad model for creator culture.
Solo Work (2019/04/23 05:00)
"All a writer’s real learning is done alone."
The Same Old New Thing (2019/04/01 08:00)
"We choose virality instead of quality, and equate it to quality because of its resonance."
Don't Make A Career Out Of It (2019/03/21 06:00)
Professionalized hobbies make bad careers.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind