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

Getting Laid

Like your mother always said, people judge you by how you look and speak, and if you mispronounce words or make grammar mistakes, lots of people (including your prospective boss, or that really cute guy at Starbucks) may assume that you are poorly educated (and possibly, just not very smart.) When you submit a manuscript … Read more

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 more