Some of the best authors, such as J.K. Rowling, Stephen King and Mark Twain, have used pseudonyms. But why? This calls for a pros and cons list. Continue reading What are the advantages (and disadvantages) of using a pen name? Some of the best authors have used pseudonyms, but why?
We live busy lives, and they only seem to be getting busier. So on top of everything else, where in the world can we also find time to do that thing we love? Continue reading 3 simple tips for writing around a busy schedule Finding time is tough. Utilizing it efficiently is tougher.
Writing a novel is a very personal process and one that, for the bravest aspiring novelists among us, becomes very public when the decision is made to publish. It cannot be rushed. But there has to be a middleground between cranking it out too quickly and sitting on it for years without doing anything, right? Continue reading How long should it take to write a novel? Sometimes it feels like an eternity.
As a writer, you should focus on reading books. Right, I get it. Reading well helps you to become a better writer. But sometimes we need to change up the medium. And what better way to recharge from the page than with a great movie. I’ve spent a lot of time watching films, having worked in the entertainment industry for a few years and simply … Continue reading 5 recent movies all writers should watch Take a break from the books and grab some popcorn.
It has almost become routine. Get a great idea — this is the one! Jot it down. Make notes. Wait until you’re at your computer, and then type away, cranking out as many details as you can remember from the initial burst of inspiration. This is the one that will make my writing known. And then, about two weeks and ten thousand words later…a new … Continue reading How many unfinished manuscripts do you have? If it’s a ton, you’re not alone.
You could ask any writer. I’m sure they could tell you how they begin their writing process. Maybe inspiration strikes like lightning — the entire story, right there in their mind, neatly wrapped with a bow. Maybe they have a nugget of an idea and begin to expand from there. Maybe they have a notion of an interesting main character and build the plot around … Continue reading Where I find my inspiration to write There’s just something about the northern woods and lakes.
My advice for aspiring writers is not complex, and it’s also not a fix-all solution to any writing issues you may be facing. But it’s straightforward and it’s incredibly useful. Continue reading Simple advice for aspiring writers One thing separates successful writers from the rest.
Is it too long? Too short? Just right? Who’s to say? Maybe it’s the analytical side of me that takes over when the creative side has had its run of the place for a while. Eventually, while I am writing, I begin to worry about that little thing that’s surely crossed all writers’ minds at one point or another: word count. Sometimes it can feel … Continue reading The significance of word count Should writers worry about it?
MERELY AN ILLUSION is a short story from the collection IN A NORTHERN TOWN. On a summer night during peak season it would be impossible to land a table at The Foggy Pub, but on an early April evening when a late-season snowfall slowly drifts to the ground, casting a stark contrast toward the darkening sky above, it requires merely arriving and taking a … Continue reading Merely an Illusion
This past Tuesday I released my third book, a collection of short stories called In a Northern Town. It seems my writing is getting shorter and shorter. Maybe it has gone with the attention spans of our youth. First came the novel. Then came a novella, which I followed up with a second novella. Being connected, I then published them together in one book. And then … Continue reading The craft of the short story It’s not quite as easy as it seems.