The Best Hookers

A couple of years ago I signed up for an Algonkian writer’s workshop.  I was interested in the workshop because I wanted to see how my writing stood up to the scrutiny of others, but also because I wanted to see what the competition looked like:  What were other first-time novelists writing about?  How captivating were … Read more

The Journey Is the Reward

I have to keep telling myself that.  Over and over.  It’s become my Writer’s Mantra: “The journey is the reward.”  (My second choice for a mantra would be “Success is the best revenge,” but I’m still working on the success part.) I’ve recently had a stretch of good road (figuratively speaking, of course. Here in … Read more

The Idiot’s Guide to Writer Workshops

As Joe Konrath loves to point out, “There’s a word for a writer who never gives up…published.” As an aspiring writer, everyone has something to tell you, some advice to give you, some secret to success, but I think Joe’s understated counsel is as good as it gets: Don’t give up. I have one more … Read more