Process

Who’d’ve Thought?

The other day I finally sat down with the intention of getting organized. It has been more than a month since I last worked with my novel, yet during that time I have been endlessly thinking about where I had last left off. I was in the midst of a chase scene in Chapter 3, and… Continue reading Who’d’ve Thought?

Process

Simple, Changed

Writing my first novel has been a struggle. I drove straight through a first draft in a little over a summer and re-wrote it almost entirely the following summer, finishing it, finally, in early 2014. Yet after rereading the second draft, I knew it still needed work. The first draft began after a podcast about Daoism inspired an opening… Continue reading Simple, Changed

Process

Kindness and Character

Most readers consider the extent to which they can sympathize with a character. When they encounter an unsympathetic character, one who is difficult or impossible for them to relate to, they toss the book aside. "Who cares," they may say. In truth, it is more about what the writer shows us than whether we can to relate… Continue reading Kindness and Character