I was recently speaking with another writer and they asked me how many drafts I usually go through on an average short story. I had to think about that one for a few minutes. I mean, we kept talking...there wasn't a five minute gap of awkward silence. I told him I'd have to get back… Continue reading How Many Drafts?
I thought about starting this post by stating that I wanted to write a post about staying motivated, but I didn't feel like it. That's it, short and sweet and arguably humorous. But then I realized that it wouldn't be motivating and probably not as funny as I thought, so here we go... If you're… Continue reading Stay Motivated
Whenever I'm talking to someone new and mention that I'm a writer, I'm always asked, "So, what do you write?". I hate this question. In fact, I think most writers hate it. Why? Because it's not easy to answer. What I mean is that it's difficult to be succinct when answering. I could answer, "fiction",… Continue reading “So, what do you write?”
Here's a question for you: Have you ever read a story or watched a movie or show on television and thought to yourself, "I can write a better story than that"? For me, it happens more often with television and movies than it does with short stories or novels. Too many shortcuts and bad narrative… Continue reading Doing it Better
I've been writing long enough to remember how it was when I had to write a cover letter, print up a copy of my manuscript, stuff it all in an envelope, then apply postage, mail, and wait. And wait. And wait to hear back from a magazine or publisher. I've also worked on the other… Continue reading Lost in the Shuffle
Why do so many artists feel like art is a competition? They dismiss the work of other artists, some even going so far as to sabotage or undermine them. I don't get this mentality. What's the point? Do they lift themselves up by putting others down? It's not like it's going to make their own… Continue reading Competition and Rivalry
I was reading a post on Reddit the other day where a writer was asking how to get inspired. Their complaint was that they weren't coming up with any good ideas and felt like they were in a slump. "How can I find my muse," they asked. I used to think this way. I felt… Continue reading Is a Muse Necessary?
When I was in college (or university, depending on your location), I minored in Humanities. Mostly because I love art, but also because I had the opportunity to take a couple of classes with a great associate professor. He was one of those teachers who didn't just go through the same motions class after class.… Continue reading Fear of The Other
Do you ever feel like being creative is like making magic? It feels that way to me, especially when I’ve written something that I feel is fantastic. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy with the majority of the stories I write (they’re never perfect, but close enough). It’s just that every so often I write… Continue reading Making Magic
I often find myself slightly overwhelmed by creative projects. I know, nice problem to have, right? But no I'm not complaining. Just trying trying to figure out my balancing act. Unfortunately, my creativity doesn't necessarily pay the bills, so I have to work a full-time desk job. That means I have to schedule time to… Continue reading Juggling Projects