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
I'm not a big fan of knick-knacks per se, but I make exceptions. Or rather an exception. When it comes to writing, I like keep a little wooden duck named Curly nearby. When I was maybe 12, I went on a fishing trip with family near Oscoda, MI, on Lake Huron. At the bait shop, … Continue reading Writerly Knick-Knacks and Whatnot
Hey yo! Happy Friday to anyone reading this today (or any other Friday, I s'pose)! I like to share things I find awesome when I have the chance. So, in no particular order: I don't know about any of you writers out there, but I like to listen to music when I write. While writing … Continue reading Music, Beta Readers, and Other Stuff…