No, No, NaNo (2018 Edition) (2018/11/20 08:00)
There was, as you can guess, no NaNoWriMo challenge for me this year. But it wasn't always like that.
A Few Less Words Next Time (2018/10/22 05:00)
No good story is ever too long and no bad story is ever too short, but that's still no reason to waste breath.
In Lieu Of Telepathy (2018/10/21 08:00)
You can't tell people anything; sometimes you can't even show them, either.
A Walk-On Part In The War, Or A Lead Role In A Cage (2018/10/10 07:00)
On The Minnie Effect in fiction.
Large And In Charge (2018/09/22 05:00)
On "volume equals value for money" in books.
Nowhere Are We Commanded To Be Doormats (2018/09/07 08:00)
Kevin Drum dropped an aphorism worth repeating: "When you write, pretend you’re writing for people you respect."
Go Elsewhere, Young Man (2018/08/28 05:00)
"The best way to write fiction is to read, watch, and listen to anything but fiction." I am not sure that it is the best way, but I think it is ultimately one of the most valuable.
Watts Up (2018/07/15 08:00)
On how social-reading network Wattpad is becoming a hub for discovering the next big thing.
Court And Spark (2018/07/11 05:00)
It's the fate of most any creator to never know what their work means to other people, but only to themselves.
Look Upon My Works ... (2018/06/21 05:00)
The work should be about the making of the work.
The Paradox Of Limits (2018/06/15 08:00)
Maybe we need to speak of focus rather than limits.
Don't Write What You Know, Write How You Know It (2018/06/12 05:00)
Looking at two bits of reading and writing advice from Saul Bellow.
No Second Guessing (2018/06/10 08:00)
More on why motives matter for creative work.
You're A DJ, Not A Librarian (2018/06/08 05:00)
You don’t ever write a story, you just write part of one.
The Unfinishing Touches (2018/05/16 05:00)
On imperfection in creative work.
The Characters Who Don't Do Anything (2018/02/21 05:00)
Don't write stories about "people waiting for their lives to begin."
The Critic-Proof Story (2018/02/18 01:00)
Spoiler: It doesn't exist.
Walkabout, Workabout (2018/02/13 05:00)
"...if we think of “done” as a point we navigate towards, tacking here and there, we can embrace change."
Get On With It (2018/02/09 05:00)
On not over-documenting creative work.
A Few Words From LeGuin (2018/01/24 06:00)
Parting words, unfortunately.
Mystery, Not Mystification (2018/01/11 05:00)
If you shoot for ambiguity, some people are going to come away from your work bored or confused. Here's how to cope.
It's A Living (2018/01/06 05:00)
If written fiction's becoming nothing but a prelude to adaptation, what's that mean for written fiction itself?
You Feel That Feeling? (2017/11/29 08:00)
On choosing an emotional resonance for a story.
The 'I' In Experiment (2017/11/21 07:00)
All art is experimental. Let's not shy away from that.
Those One-And-Done-Isms (2017/11/17 07:00)
More on why I'm a never-the-same-thing-twice writer (and why others might not be).
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind