I hate running. And I love it. The hardest part of running is that moment when I’m standing in my kitchen after a long day of work, staring at my running shoes and thinking that I deserve a day off and a nice cookie. Then I put on my sneakers and go. The first mile
It seems we’ve gone from favorite literary couples to what literary couples do in the dark. This blog chain is Kat’s and she wants to know: How do you feel about love scenes? As a reader, are you put off by the gratuitous? As a writer, do you shy away from spelling out the down-and-dirty?
This weekend I rewatched STAND BY ME. It was one of my favorite movies as a kid. My best friend at the time, Chase, and I were maybe 9. We watched it over and over again. My favorite scene was always the scene where Wil Wheaton’s character tells the story of Lardass and the puke-o-rama.
Writing isn’t about messages. People who sit down at their computers or typewriters or notebooks to force feed a message to their readers are doing it wrong. Books can have messages. They can be about important things. But the message isn’t the IT. The plot, the characters, the story of it all, that’s the IT,
Go read THIS article. If it’s too long, then the gist of it is that this guy created a computer program that can create music by assimilating other music and rearranging it. That’s a gross oversimplification. You should really read the article. It made me think though. Are all my books just gutters in which
The time change really messed with my head today. I’m pretty sure there’s a reality in which I’m still in bed sleeping with the covers over my face. Of course, there’s also probably a reality where I’m bathing in noodles, so whatever. I’m feeling down on the whole Internet thing. The introvert in me needs
Back on the blog chain! This weeks topic is brought to us by the lovely Sarah, who wants to know: What has been the most unexpected part of your writing journey up to this point? What has happened that you could never have predicted? Has it been a help or a hindrance? There have been
Word counts. Turn them off. I used to use the live word counter in MS Word. But I found myself constantly looking at it. Gauging my worth as a writer by it. Usually I do an end of the day check to see how many words I’ve written and I’ve put myself on a strict
Sometimes writing is hard. Not just the coming up with stories or working through a difficult scene. I mean that sometimes you aren’t in the mood. Sometimes life intrudes. Sometimes your alarm goes off and you feel like getting up and sitting in front of the computer is the worst fraking thing you’re going to
I’ve been doing a lot of revisions this year. When I write a first draft, I usually have only a vague idea of what I’m doing, how I’m doing it, and what it’s going to end up being. There’s always the possibility that I’m going to get to the end of a first draft and