Don't just start writing; get warmed up first! For folks who saw the title and thought, The hell is he goin on about? I can't even begin to describe it. Here... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tknXRyUEJtU NBA Hall of Famer, Allen Iverson back in 2002 So, yes. Practice. We're talking about practice. Not the game. What you do before … Continue reading Behind "The Process": Practice? We're Talkin about Practice? Not the Game, But Practice?
Don't freak out--it's just a euphemism. I'm referring to the quote all English majors are familiar with: "In writing, you must kill all your darlings."- William Faulkner There are plenty of writers' resource websites out there that break this down. What makes mine different? Um...the other websites aren't this one? I dunno. Aaaaaanyway... He meant … Continue reading Behind "The Process": Just Kill Em Already (Editing)
Yo, yo, yo, As some of you may know, I'm a writer. I wrote a book called Switchers. It's a YA speculative fiction novel, blending sci-fi and a wee little bit of horror. I have a section on my website that gives a better description. For those of you who aren't up to date on … Continue reading Behind "The Process": Querying Agents (Again)
Seriously. It's a valid question. Writing is scary. Ok--starting writing is scary. That's the focus here: getting started. Even if you like writing, and have been doing it for awhile, getting started is scary. Truth be told, I'm writing this because I'm putting off working on a story. It's on a legal pad right next … Continue reading Behind "The Process": Why Is Writing Scary?
It'll be OK! I touched on rejection anxiety a little bit in my post Behind "The Process": Don't Be Shy. But that was more of a don't-be-afraid-to-let-the-world-know-you're-a-writer kind of thing. If you're past the initial anxiety of just anyone seeing your stuff, then hopefully you've received some useful feedback and made yourself a better writer. … Continue reading Behind "The Process": Rejection
What's up, folks? Glad you're here. Yesterday I wrote a post that referenced an author interview. In thinking more about that post, I consider it a mistake that I didn't put a link to that interview in the post. I thought about going back and putting it in there, but then I had a better … Continue reading Classic Author Interviews: Christopher Tallon's All-Time Favorites
I'm not asking in the way that people who don't write ask writers. I'm asking in a reflective way, because, well, I've been in a bit of a funk lately. I've had some story ideas but haven't latched on to one that I want to ride out for my next novel. And it's scary when … Continue reading Behind "The Process": Where DO Ideas Come From?