I’ve been accused of being a slacker. That’s okay, though, because I take it as a compliment. Sometimes the best days are days when we do nothing…at least that’s what we tell ourselves. We also tell ourselves (it seems more times than not) that if we’re not rushing around doing something, then we must be […]
“The first rule of Write Club is you do not talk about Write Club.” A handful of years ago, two friends and I started a writing group. We called it Write Club. We only had one rule for the group when starting: “No more than five members.” For years, it’s remained just the three of […]
I loved Jim Lynch’s, The Highest Tide. Since the publication of the book, I’ve kept my eye open for Lynch’s next book. Apparently, my eyes have been closed this summer, because his latest book, Border Songs, has been out for a few months. Some reviewers have said that it’s the same plot as The Highest […]
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 […]