For the past couple years, I’ve wanted to attend an annual writers conference in Austin, Texas. Each year, there was always a reason not to attend (work schedules, finances, not having my third novel completed). I gave myself excuses not to attend. This year, instead of excuses, I’ve given myself a deadline. I just registered […]
The juggling geek in me likes this. They need another robot and more balls. But just like writing a novel, you have to start somewhere…
One of the most common bits of writing advice is to write every day! But with a day job, family, and trying to find a moment to relax that’s easier said than done, right? Wrong! 10 Ways to Write Everyday 1. Write Early. Writing should become an automatic reflex. When you wake up, you should […]
“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.” – W. Somerset Maugham I know what they are: Put your ass in a chair. Write. Repeat often!
The first library I remember was the library inside Washington Elementary School in Mundelein, Illinois. Each week, I looked forward to walking down the hall and to the library, where I could check out anything I wanted. Some of my favorites: A series about different animals. It was fiction about wild animals (I can’t remember […]
I never thought I’d be a writer. I always thought I’d be a biologist. While I always loved reading and making up stories, I thought my adult years would find me studying bears or wolves as a wildlife biologist. I remember the moment I decided that’s what I’d be: my father and I were watching […]
A $100,000 book advance sounds nice, doesn’t it? That sounds like enough money to quit your day job, spend a few hours writing each day, and then using the remainder of your time talking about creative things — with creative friends — over coffee or tea the rest of the day. Right? Wrong… I recently […]
Granted, he works with a couple co-authors, but even still–17 books in 3 years is a lot of work, even for a fulltime writer like James Patterson.
When I was twelve, I went into my backyard and taught myself how to juggle. It wasn’t something I’d thought about doing — I was bored and needed something to do. The only jugglers I remember seeing: Steve Martin A clown at a third-rate circus A guy at a Renaissance festival I didn’t have the […]