Surfs up, folks! Hang ten with co-hosts r.r. campbell and Sione Aeschliman as they explore what inciting incidents are, why they're important, the shapes they take, and how to write them effectively.
Memoirist and cinephile Dave Watson compares and contrasts writing a memoir with writing a work of fiction. Have you ever been curious about what it takes to write a memoir? This episode's for you!
You weren't selected for RevPit? Me neither. No, seriously, I wasn't---and not because I was an editor as opposed to an entrant. I, too, submitted to the annual RevPit event in April 2017, and, much like you, walked away with nothing. Except that's not true. Not even close to it, in fact. It can be… Continue reading You weren’t selected for RevPit. Now what?
It's been... an interesting weekend. My in-laws invited my wife and I to visit, but I elected to stay home to make a sizable dent in my revisions for Event Horizon, the third book in my EMPATHY series. With the place to myself (aside from my cats), I figured I'd have no problem doing all the… Continue reading On Progress, Goals, and Control
Ready, set, register! The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Division of Continuing Studies in Writing's 30th Annual Writers' Institute has now opened registration for its April 2019 conference. What's the Writers' Institute? The Writers' Institute is the Midwest's premiere writing conference. Every year, it brings in hundreds of attendees from across the country and all corners of… Continue reading Registration Now Open for 30th Annual Writers’ Institute!
As of Sunday morning, Accounting for It All is... done. Like, done done. Done as in I'll never touch the manuscript again. No, I'm not giving up on a project; on the contrary, my little book baby is (almost) all grown up! As we speak, it's being formatted for eBook and print, and will, soon enough, be turned into… Continue reading On Letting Go
Last Friday, I completed the copyedits for Accounting for it All, which is good news since the book is now out in less than a month! This round of edits was especially grueling, both because copyedits require a sharp look at the text itself, and also because of the timeline on which they had to be… Continue reading Bro, Do You Even Copyedit?
Between soccer injuries, car wrecks, getting married, and signing my first two publishing contracts, 2018 has been a heck of a year. Throughout it all, I've viewed my daily writing time as one of the only constants in which I could find solace, one of the only things around which I could center myself to… Continue reading It’s Okay to Take a Break (I Promise)
Poet and creativity coach Sarah Sadie provides strategies for finding time to write and reframing our understanding of what it means to make progress in our creative endeavors.
Kill your darlings, they say. Every writer has at least heard the phrase, and the interpretations of what it really means vary from deleting a favorite phrase to an entire beat or event. Those darlings aren't what bring me here today, however. Today we talk about murder--actual, literary murder. In literature as in life, people die. I can't… Continue reading Murder! The Literarily Literal