Update on Midnight Gladiolus . . .

I'm currently going back through the first 75 ms pages of the novel, making notes and essential line edits, and putting in reminders of the edits people have suggested to me here and on Wattpad.  This has been a great experience so far and I'm excited that Chapter 10 will be done before long.  Since… Continue reading Update on Midnight Gladiolus . . .

Tiredness, Truth, and Mockery: the American Way

Today, I wonder whether I should re-think some of my ultra-liberal biases and attendant leftist news consumption.  This is good.  But, man, I'm beat. The alt-right (and the radical religious right) to me seems like a uniquely American expression of deep stupidity but, of course, I would say that. Look at my demographic: college educated,… Continue reading Tiredness, Truth, and Mockery: the American Way

The Writing Life Ain’t Easy, Kid

Today I'm thinking about how most people locate the center of meaning in their lives in their social identity, which is synonymous either with their career role or some caretaking role or both.  But the artist finds the center of meaning in the act of making art.  This is an important distinction to keep in… Continue reading The Writing Life Ain’t Easy, Kid

The Ancient Art of Writing for Money

20 thoughts on what it takes and how to do it. 1. Nobody owes you time, money, or sympathy. Editors have hard jobs and need to balance a lot of concerns that writers don't. If an editor or some other client is spending time on you, take it as a compliment. This is true for… Continue reading The Ancient Art of Writing for Money

The Voice in the Fire

As I have said many times and in many different ways, graduate study in literature and creative writing is not easy for anyone, even in the most favorable circumstances. There is an inner, emotional, psychological, processual effort that no one talks about and an outer, technical, rhetorical, production effort that everyone takes for granted. Both… Continue reading The Voice in the Fire

On Productivity and Publishing

I've written three books of fiction to date, all story collections; though, only one of them has been published.* This is not remarkable or typical in any sense, even if I do have the stereotypical writer's voice in my head telling me that I should be submitting to more book contests, etc. My submission schedule… Continue reading On Productivity and Publishing

On writing when you feel uninspired and dead inside . . .

Set a word count goal. My minimum goal is 7 pages per week, which comes to about 2450 words. Give yourself permission to write poorly. You are the worst judge of your own writing, especially in a first draft. You need to get around your hangups if you want to be productive.  The only way… Continue reading On writing when you feel uninspired and dead inside . . .