“Fiction is supposed to be, forgive me, less shitty than life. Better than life. It is supposed to make more sense than life. That’s one of the reasons we read, one of the reasons we write. We want … Continue reading >>
My novel doesn't start at the beginning.
Is this an inside writing joke?
What I mean is the narrative in my story isn't ordered chronologically. It wasn't always that way, but when it … Continue reading >>
Free your body
"Did you get a gym membership?" the saleswoman at Dunham Sporting Goods asked as she rung up the armload of sale-priced activewear I dumped on the counter.
"No," I said. "I need new … Continue reading >>
Would you be surprised to know that much of your writing work is done in places other than at your desk or computer? You know your writing has taken over your life when:
You idly roam the … Continue reading >>
When I tried to start my writing PC, it talked back to me with a loud "Phfft," as if to say "forget it, fool." And then it smelled bad, like a burnt computer fart.
This was Old Faithful, my steady … Continue reading >>
The AWP Conference at the Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota was one of the best I've been to-- well organized, fascinating, and as always, high energy. Here are a few highlights and moments … Continue reading >>