Discussions about craft are important in any medium, but in writing they can be particularly insightful because the they are delivered through the medium in which they seek to explore. My favorites include Stephen King's On Writing and John Gardner's The Art of Fiction, and I recently added James Wood's How Fiction Works to the… Continue reading Fiction Two Ways
When I opened up Processed Product a moment ago I had to wipe off a layer of dust at least an inch thick, but now everything seems to be in working order. The novel has been taking up most of my writing time, but in those moments when I'm stuck or I just want to… Continue reading A Faint Signal Is Heard
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?
Excepting that our every uttered word will one day be recorded by one of our helpful 'devices,' writing is still the best record of thought that we have. We write down ideas that are important in order to remember them in the future, and when we return to old journals, lists, essays and stories, we… Continue reading Unfamiliar Words
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