How long should it take to write a novel? Sometimes it feels like an eternity.

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.

5 recent movies all writers should watch Take a break from the books and grab some popcorn.

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.

How many unfinished manuscripts do you have? If it's a ton, you're not alone.

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.

Where I find my inspiration to write There's just something about the northern woods and lakes.

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.

The significance of word count Should writers worry about it?

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?

The craft of the short story It's not quite as easy as it seems.

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.