So, regular readers know I am a bit obsessed with basketball. We had some wonderful friends in town last night and so I DVR’d the game and then set about trying to block out the outside world throughout dinner. I turned off my cell phone. I put my computer in an out of reach place. […]
Miss Snark recently linked to a writer who expressed confusion and angst about having a query letter rejected in nine minutes flat. Anyone who has submitted a query to me probably knows that nine minutes would be a slow response time for me, and that includes both requests for partials and rejections. To quote Val […]
Another Wednesday, another chance to be heard loud and clear. What is the best piece of writing advice you have ever received ever? Here’s mine: “Writers write.” So simple. So profound. So maddeningly ambiguous. Sigh. Discuss amongst yourselves.
One of the very most difficult elements of writing a novel to master is pacing. Much like music, novels have a rhythm — you sort of expect things to unfold at a certain speed, things usually pick up at the end, and in the middle, if you’re ever thinking to yourself “Wow, this is getting […]
1994. Such an innocent time. We thought flannel was cool and we were so jaded, man, with that whole life thing. Like Ethan Hawke in Reality Bites. Also in 1994, a little picture called “Pulp Fiction” was released and, like radiation after a nuclear explosion, we are still living with its aftereffects. Don’t get me […]
Life. It’s deep, right? I mean, just look at the word. Life. Wow, man. Just, wow. Here’s the thing about real life. Real life is boring. Do not write about real life. As I always say: Consider the Wu. The Wu Tang Clan created an elaborate fantasy world based upon martial arts mythology, Al Pacino […]