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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.
25 August 2013 - Bradley Manning and the Politics of Gender Identification
The press, by hopping without question aboard the “she is now Chelsea” bandwagon, puts its own ideological interests ahead of the public good. The situation serves as a bit of a tell in the culture wars: You can infer quite a bit about a publication based on how it handles the Bradley/Chelsea question — whether the point’s ignored, accepted without comment or handled as an alias.
08 April 2013 - What It Means To Be “A Writer”
Writing isn’t a glorious profession. Nor is it a functional description. Rather, it’s an avocation, a way of thinking and acting that recognizes that words mean things and that stringing them together requires inspiration, not just perspiration or aspiration.
09 December 2012 - NaNoWriMo ’12 — A Reflection
I still didn’t “win” in the sense of hitting 50k — December rolled onto the calendar when I was at but 25k — but I am quite satisfied with how the month turned out. I approached the task with a bit more humility and did more pre-NaNo planning than last year, so I have a product that I can keep working on throughout the year.
04 November 2012 - Assorted Reflections and Updates
A dozen updates and observations from the perspective of early November, 2012.Assorted Reflections and Updates
01 November 2012 - In the Beginning: #NaNoWriMo 2012
In the Beginning … the writer created new heavens and a new earth. This new earth was without form and void, and blankness was upon the face of the writer’s notebook; and the Flash of Inspiration was moving over the face of the notebook.