I started this blog to give would-be and struggling writers insights into the writing process. But the insights were mine and mine alone. I don’t wanna be the guy who tries to have all the answers. So my last post was an interview that I did with RK Holliday. He is a good writer and … Continue reading Behind “The Process”: Plotting vs Writing
Why hello. How are you? Good, good. Glad to hear it. I've only got a minute, so I'll make this quick. You may have heard a few writers say this and I think--regardless if it seems to some like a no-brainer, or to others a silly waste of time--it's true. To make sure you have … Continue reading Behind “The Process” Quickie: Dialogue Tip
Hey writers! One of the things writers fear most is exactly the thing they should most embrace. Criticism. I don't mean people telling you, "This is really good," or, "This sucks." While someone telling you something is good feels nice inside, by itself it isn't helpful. And the latter is every writer's worst fear (when … Continue reading Behind “The Process”: Don’t Be Shy
I heard it when I was a teacher. A lot. "How do you write? Like, how do you actually make an idea into a story?" Adults will sometimes ask me that, too, after they ask the old go-to: "So...what do you do for a living?" and I respond, "I'm a writer and stay-at-home dad." I … Continue reading Behind “The Process” Quickie: The most underrated writing tip of all time!
When you write by hand, according to Joe Hill, "The only thing you have to entertain you is your own imagination." Couldn't agree more. No stimulus beyond what's firing between your ears. I've also heard (but not confirmed) that James Patterson writes everything by hand, then an assistant types it up for him. And Ernest … Continue reading Behind “The Process”: Handwriting vs. Typing