Archive for On Writing

Direct Submissions: Traditional Publishing, No Agent Required

May 27, 2015

When self-publishing seems overwhelming, and getting an agent seems impossible, consider direct submission to a small press for the best of both worlds.

Your Ancestors as Fiction

May 19, 2015

All those stories you’ve heard about your ancestors are ripe for turning into good fiction; you’ll just need to keep a few things in mind.

Five Traits that Make Characters Memorable

May 18, 2015

The worst thing you can ever say about a character is not that you hated him but that you found him uninteresting.

At the Bird Feeder on a Snowy Day

February 8, 2015

How does one develop writing discipline under the irresistible siren call of birds?

There’s Still Time

January 26, 2015

Our perpetually late-to-the-party author realizes you cannot unwaste time; you can only resolve not to waste any more of it.

In Praise of Nuance

December 28, 2014

Capturing just the right word has a joy all its own. Even if it means getting lost in the dictionary.