Posts related to Writing, Editing & Journalism
17 May 2015 - Growing as an Author: A Reflection
Many successful writers admit to having drawers of early manuscripts gathering dust in a corner, because the craft of novel writing comes with practice. Every new manuscript that gets put into the drawer is stronger than its predecessor. Every new manuscript teaches the author a lesson about what does or doesn’t work for how he, as an artist, executes on his craft.
03 May 2015 - Recent Writing/Publishing Posts of Note
I’ve been doing a bit of blogging to flesh out the content on the Caffeinated Press site, mostly about writing/editing and the business of publishing. Synopses of my recent posts follow.
11 April 2015 - A Better Person, or a Happy Person?
Do I read The Brothers Karamazov because I should, knowing that I’d gain new insight about the human condition but also dreading the book’s length and density? Do I grab the latest Nicholas Sparks throw-away pulp just to pass the time?
14 February 2015 - Like to Read? Then Have I Got a Book for You ….
We’re launching Brewed Awakenings, the house anthology of Caffeinated Press, on March 1. The inaugural volume of the anthology features eight novelettes written by West Michigan writers.
01 February 2015 - What a Month!
January is already a memory. Wow. Let’s recap some highlights.
27 December 2014 - What Would Impel You to Murder?
What reasons lead a person to deliberately kill another? And what barriers stop us from killing? Authors need to think carefully about the use of murder as a plot point, but everyone benefits by thinking about where their own lines in the sand may blur.
01 December 2014 - A Reflection on Winning #NaNoWriMo
Writing is like sexual metaphors: The less you practice, the more you’ll embarrass yourself when you finally pull out and fumble sheepishly for your pants.
03 December 2013 - Life after #NaNoWriMo 2013
I crossed the 2013 National Novel Writing Month finish line with just above 50,100 words, with 13 hours to spare. This was my third year, but my first “win.”
17 November 2013 - Another Quick Recap
So my participation in National Novel Writing Month is proceeding better than I expected. I’m actually above my target word count for this point in the month, coming in somewhere just north of 27,000 words.
01 September 2013 - The Writing Bug
Duane once told me that he gets an idea. Then it percolates. He thinks he should do something, but doesn’t. Then he gets more ideas, and soon they come in a flood. Then he just has to write. And he does.