The Process, Part II

Before going on to chronicle the editing process, I want to mention that, to someone who reads this blog, it would appear that like Mark Twain, I write in spurts. This is not quite the case. Twain would abandon manuscripts for months before coming back to them. I might leave something for days or weeks, [...]

The Process, Part I

I have received a request to describe in detail the process I use to write one of my novels. While that’s supposed to be the function of this blog, I now realize that, while I’ve discussed different aspects of it here and on other parts of this site, I don’t think I’ve ever sat down [...]

Saving Trust

For some odd reason, my daughter recently brought home a book from the library called I Watched a Wild Hog Eat My Baby. It’s a history of the tabloids by Bill Sloan, who spent a good deal of his career writing for them. I’m not a tab reader, but I’ve long been fascinated by them [...]

Creative Procrastination

Let’s talk about creative procrastination. The fine art of putting something off while it simmers in your brain. This is an essay I’ve been putting off writing for some time. Seriously. I wasn’t sure I’d studied it enough, but maybe it’s time to start working on it, before it reaches full ripeness. Besides, I received [...]

Burning with Optimism’s Flame

These “morning after” entries could get to be a habit. I realized last night while brushing my teeth that if I keep going at this rate, I could have the first draft of And/News finished before Christmas. If I’m writing seven pages a day, five days a week, that’s 35 pages a week. The chapters [...]


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