I might spend too much time talking about how hard writing is, and not enough time talking about how much joy it gives. Lately, however, I seem to see on Facebook things like, “I want to write a novel. Can someone tell me how to create characters?” or “I’m about to start a novel. Can… Read More


  I’ve mentioned this topic before, but in the abstract. I’m going to be a little more personal this time. When I first introduce a character, even a minor character, I try to think of one or two things about their appearance that can convey to the reader what I think is important to the… Read More


  I’m trying not to brag. No, really, I am trying! I realize that my writing output has gone crazy in the past year, largely because I’m retired. But – I set my Camp goal at 30,000 words. I passed that on the 17th, I think, so I reset it to 50,000. Today I validated… Read More