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No One Gets Talked Out Of This (Or Into It)

If someone can talk you out of being a writer, you’re not a writer. But that doesn't mean other writers owe you anything.

Can't Stop, Won't Stop

Each book of mine has been about going a place I haven't gone yet, and seeing what I can bring back with me.

Medicine Vs. Cuisine

On reading/consuming for enjoyment vs. reading/consuming for research.

Labored Day

My weekend PC misadventures and beyond.

He Stands Alone

On Chuck Wendig only wanting to write standalones from now on, a sentiment I agree with.

The Washing Garbage Problem

How much rewriting is too much?

Breaking Up A Story Molecule

Or maybe it's a story salad.

Liberate The Voice And Everything Else Will Follow

Liberating the voice and being able to speak as only you can, rather than through the thousand voices you've inherited from the outside, is the hardest and most essential skill.

If You Can't Trust Yourself To Write It, No One Will Trust Reading It

If you have the confidence to tackle a given thing and see it through, that by itself can be enough to fix any problems you worry it might bring with it.

How Not To Talk Yourself To Death In Your Writing

When questions come to mind while writing a work, I have strategies for keeping them from growing without bound.

According To Someone, Somewhere, I Am Writing A Bad Book

No matter how much work I put into any one book, it's going to be "bad" according to someone, somewhere, and there's not a thing I can do about it.

You've Heard Of Code Smells? Here's Story Smells

Have you, in fact, heard of a "code smell"? If not, here's a quick primer:

Write For That One Guy

Good advice for instructive writing: "pick one person and write for them."

Draft One Point Something Or Other

This week's writing brought together my understanding of my new novel "Charisma" with the kind of momentum that made it difficult to stop and breathe.

Doing Nothing And Doing It Well

In theory I would love to be able to "just write", but in practice I know it is not possible to make it entirely goal-less.

Behind The Scenes With 'Shunga-Satori', Pt. 3: The Influences

A rundown of some of the other stories and films that influenced "Shunga-Satori"'s growth and direction.

Behind The Scenes With 'Shunga-Satori', Pt. 2: The Idea

How my new novel "Shunga-Satori" took form as "the underworld surrealism of a dark fairy tale."

Behind The Scenes With 'Shunga-Satori', Pt. 1: The Origins

How my new novel "Shunga-Satori" started as the story of a dreamspace.

The Big "Shunga-Satori" Sign-Off

What I learned while writing my latest (and strangest) novel.

A Steak Sandwich Yesterday Isn't Competition For Meatloaf Today

Take any two projects that seem like they could be the same, and there's a good chance under the skin they're nothing alike.

Bookrocacy (Or How Sometimes You Just Wanna Write And Say The Heck With The Note-Taking)

I hate all the bookkeeping that goes with writing a story, but I know I can't avoid it.

The End Of Words

A meditation on when, and how, Dashiell Hammett stopped writing.



When is "Write the story you want to read" not good advice? When you're not much of a reader.

End(game) Result

People see your results, not your efforts. By design.

Head Above Water

Barely. (More on writing draft 2 of "Shunga-Satori")

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