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 moreThe Best Hookers

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 moreThe Journey Is the Reward

Three Disasters and an Ending

Forget all that stuff they tell you at Writing Conferences about character arc, point of view, and pacing. The REAL secret to writing a story that people want to read is this: Three disasters and an ending. Whenever I find myself struggling with a scene that isn’t up to snuff, I try to take a … Read moreThree Disasters and an Ending