Writing 4.6 – Ready to Be a Writer?

Too many writers quit, and that could allow less talented people to get published more often. Each time a writer quits pitching, it allows someone else’s manuscript to get into the hands of an agent or publisher. Maybe you’re just not ready yet.

From Whiskey Creek Press & Start Publishing

Connecting Flight, a book born from a news item back in Nov. 2011, is finally available for purchase from Whiskey Creek Press. When the Mirror Breaks is my first collection of 13 short stories. Volume II coming next year. Thanks to those Word Pressers who helped make it happen.

Time – chapter 1 (1st draft)

Well, it’s sure been a long time since I’ve done this.  For many years I’ve wanted to write a time travel story, but the problem was that I just never had a believable device. Welcome to – Time.  It’s only a working title and, yes, it’s rather obvious. Well, let me clarify. No time travel device…

“Joyland” by Stephen King, book review (C+)

Here is what I imagine could have happened as Stephen King was planning to write Joyland: Okay.  I like amusement parks.  I should think of a certain ride that is likely to terrify lots of people.  I know – the ferris wheel.  I’m seeing a struggle on that ride, and it stalls.  Two people are…

Woodbury Avenue – epilogue…ish

Deep breath. Okay, Woodbury Avenue is “finished.”  Sort of.  For more about the actual story, click here.  But for more about the process, then just keep reading. When it comes to writing, what I just did was the easiest part – writing a first draft.  That’s easy for a few reasons.  First, because it’s new,…

Writing 2.4 – Who Uses Outlines?

I was recently asked about my writing process.  Do I use outlines?  Do you plot a story or just make it up as you go along?  Please keep in mind that what works for one person might not ever work for anyone else or even that one person ever again except that one time. For…

Writing 2.3 – A Contract with the Reader

When I took a graduate class called “Writing the Novel” a few years ago, I learned two very important things.  First, if you tell a writer that her work in progress is a romance novel when she thinks she’s writing literary fiction, be prepared to see a chair fly across the room.  Second, there’s something…

Writing 2.2 – Getting it Ready

The purpose of this is not to educate you or any other writer.  I don’t pretend to know things that you don’t because I’m actually hoping for the opposite – in that I am detailing this process in case someone knows more than me, has accomplished these things already, and can help me avoid the…

The “Not So” Great Gatsby

Either late in high school or early in college, I was ordered to read The Great Gatsby. I regarded it as the most boring thing I had ever picked up. However, roughly 20 years later, I decided that it may have been me who was boring, so I decided – through the recommendation of others…