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).
A Passionate Mediocrity (2017/10/27 07:00)
On an author with a worldview that is more arrested development than substance.
Methods For The Radness (2017/10/22 08:00)
"Whatever works" is not the same as "anything goes", and other insights.
A Workspace Of One's Own (2017/10/19 08:00)
A few notes about creator's personal voodoo.
Forward Ever, Backwards Never (2017/10/13 08:00)
Who turns around and starts over in the middle of a first draft? A case study.
Boots On The Ground (2017/09/29 08:00)
Why nothing beats the "in-the-trenches" experience of writing.
While Standing On One Leg (2017/09/08 08:00)
Want to get to know your story? Pitch it to someone else.
If I Had More Time, I Would Have Written a Shorter Novel (2017/09/04 07:00)
On my unease with creating longer works.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind