In the past 21 months, I’ve completed four books of 155K, 135K, 136K, and 77K words, without working hard enough to stress me out. I sometimes worry that fellow writers in the Facebook and Nano writing groups I belong to might get pissed at how fast I write. I know I get envious of some of… Read More


Recently, in one of the Facebook writers’ groups I’m in, I read a post by a person who was really upset at the idea that, to quote the most famous example, “The first draft of anything is sh*t.” She took that literally and was upset at the idea that she should spend her time and… Read More


  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