How To Keep A Writer In Suspense

How to keep a writer in suspense? Short answer: accept their stuff for publication, then sit on it indefinitely. Long answer: (I deleted the long answer. It was starting to sound kinda whiny.) Suffice to say, I’ve written a bunch of stuff that is waiting to be published or otherwise made manifest. But forget that […]

What To Do With a Shitty First Draft

One of the reasons I write this blog dispensing unqualified [1] and unsolicited writing advice is that I’ve learned much more from my struggling peers than I have from successful writers, so I’m returning the favor. Learn from my pain! You should, of course, take everything my amateur self says with a healthy does of […]

It’s Book-In-A-Month Season, Fellow Writers [1]

Yes, it’s National Novel Writing Month again. After a two-year hiatus, I’ve decided to take the plunge again, and just three days in I’m reminded of my love/hate relationship with NaNoWriMo [2] and why I took a break in the first place. First the love. For all its flaws, NaNo is remarkable at getting beginning […]