A new story is a shiny thing. So much possibility all swirling around in your head. Sometimes, if it’s a real good idea, you can almost take the entire thing and picture it in front of you. A completed manuscript, full of twists and turns and all kinds of juicy characters. It’s dangerous, addictive stuff. […]
Why am I titling a post after a late-90s political drama? Because The West Wing‘s writing is just so damned good. The whip-snap of sentences thrown back and forth by the characters has a cadence to it that’s addictive. The allusions to literary, theatrical, film, and history that pepper every episode make it seem as though […]
One of the things about working with novels is that they are, in fact, novels. Not quick little blurbs – like this blog post – but big, smashing things that demand time and attention for weeks and weeks. Each one is a relationship – ups and downs, needy attachments and frustrated procrastination from doing what’s […]
The ideal image of a writer as interpreted by more popular media than this blog incorporates the scrivener sitting at a desk, possibly reclining in a chair, pen in hand with notepad on the legs. Modernized, there’s a computer sitting off to the side, though the screen is blurred and indistinguishable. The point being that […]
The idea is to capture lightning in a bottle. The advantage to being a writer is that you get to choose when the lightning strikes, where the bottle’s going to be, and how that lightning looks when it’s in there. But the lightning still has to actually strike, you know.
Have you read Stephen King’s On Writing? Have you read it lately? I’ll wait. You read that book and you start to think to yourself that there’s a certain joy to be had in climbing the slow ladder of fiction. That through submissions of dozens of stories to magazines, you’ll be able to earn your place […]