Writing


Why I Write 2

Writers have all sorts of pretentious reasons for why they write. I’m going to add my own to the mix. But let me just say that there are really two kinds of writing I do, and a different reason for each. I write fiction novels and I write blogs about […]


The Power of Flow

In the Fall of 2016, I took one of my favorite college courses. It was called Composition Theory for Teachers, and we basically just talked about writing. How to teach writing, mostly, but also best practices for getting writing out of students that’s deeper and more involved. We tried to […]


Is All Writing Art? 2

What people sometimes mistake about my interest in writing is that I usually don’t care about how “artistic” something is. I care about clarity and evocativeness. Something that can make me feel an emotion is good writing, no matter how plain or flowery the language might be. Some stories let […]


Gamification 2

In theory, the idea behind gamification is awesome. If you’re unfamiliar with the principle, it’s simply turning work into a game. It means getting points for completing tasks, or gaining experience for keeping up a habit. You might even bring some kind of currency into the equation so you can […]


One Week of Freedom 3

We writers sure do complain a lot about not having time to write, don’t we? Yet there’s a common stereotype that when you’re a writer, people automatically imagine you must have a lot of free time. We constantly have to tell people our writing time is not the same as […]


Writing Advice for a Younger Me 2

There are a lot of things I wish I’d realized when I was fourteen years old and started making my first forays into the world of writing. I was proud of those first fumbles in the dark, even though I realized years later that I should not have been so […]


What I’ve Learned from Writing Every Day

When last we left off, I had just finished the outline to a new novel. I’d spent the first five days of the WriteChain Challenge finishing my previous project, then immediately spent eleven days working on and perfecting the outline for my next project. This is day 64, about fifty […]


Write a Little a Day and Surprise Yourself

For the past two weeks now, I’ve been writing a minimum of thirty minutes a day. This all started because of a challenge I read about called the Write Chain Challenge. The idea is to write every day to a certain goal you set for yourself. It can be a goal […]


Just Keep Writing

Talk to any successful author on their success and a number of them will tell you about the power of deadlines. And it’s true – anyone who’s been to school knows this. How many of us have written papers the night before they were due? Beyond that, most jobs come […]


The Obligatory Post-NaNoWriMo Blog

Woo it’s over. Okay, it was over a week ago, but I really needed to take a breather. And now I can go back to slacking off and not writing for months on end. Just kidding. NaNoWriMo may be done, but my book isn’t. Remember a month ago when I […]


How I Won NaNoWriMo 2014

Today’s the day, the first day of NaNoWriMo 2015. I promised that I would share some tips/tools for my fellow Wrimos, so here I am belting out a blog post that I should have written at least yesterday. Here are some of the things that helped me succeed in NaNoWriMo […]


NaNoWriMo: Not This Year

THE IDES OF OCTOBER ARE UPON US. Shit, never mind, that was yesterday. See, I thought yesterday was the fourteenth when I thought of this post, and I was going to write it after work with that hook, thinking that I’d schedule it to be posted today, but then I […]