On the day after Christmas in 2017, it felt as though my life was destined to change forever. And it was! But not in the ways I might have anticipated.
I’d like to talk about the intersection of art and politics. Why? Because you asked me to.
Meet Rachael A. Edwards. Rachael is, like many of you, a reader, a writer, a dreamer. She hails from Chester, England, and, here's something fun: she was born on Halloween. She's also the embodiment of perseverance. In 2018, I had the good fortune of mentoring Rachael as part of the 2018 Revise and Resubmit (RevPit) competition.… Continue reading There’s someone I’d like you to meet.
Currently, I'm working on a manuscript I'm calling TO HAVE BEEN RICH. As I explore writing it, I'm using the word "explore" in more ways than one.
Whether during the writing process, revisions, or querying, uncertainty harangues writers throughout every stage of the creative cycle. So how can we address that uncertainty? We explore one method for doing so during this morning's meditation, exploration, and affirmation.
https://youtu.be/qxVuRqRYPo4 Good morning, writerfolk! What's the difference between an event and a short story? We explore the very basics in this morning's meditation, exploration, and affirmation.
This is a look of disbelief from a man who fails to understand how it's over. This morning, apparently, I finished the first draft of a new manuscript, SCAMBAIT, and I remain skeptical that I have, in fact, typed THE END. My skepticism is well founded: I started writing this one on February 28th. That's… Continue reading It’s Over, I Guess.
This manuscript has been through countless drafts, through innumerable shifts in emphasis, POV, genre. But today, after the most substantial rewrite yet, I can say it's closer than ever to being exactly where it needs to be. What started as a capital-R romance on a cranberry farm in northern Wisconsin has become more sure of… Continue reading When The Stars Conspire
It wasn't working. None of it was. Maybe it was the changing of the seasons. Maybe it was the general Creative's Malaise that comes with feeling as though we're always pushing a boulder uphill. Maybe it was nothing. Whatever it was, though, an unyielding sense of oppression had imposed itself on me, lurking long enough… Continue reading It’s time to start being honest.
This post is part of the Write With Me series. For more like this, check out the writing your novel page. Building on last week's part one, let's keep moving forward with dialogue. This week, I'd like to focus on three more things to watch out for when crafting (or editing) dialogue. Can you even? You can't? Then… Continue reading Dialogue, Part Two