A Truant Disposition

"I must be idle."

On the Process of Draft and Revision

My process changed when I started using NaNoWriMo to do first drafts. There are very good things about this, but it did create problems with the process of rewriting that I’ve become aware of recently. Perhaps it’s just a problem with this draft, but it’s potentially a problem with any “fast draft”. Let me start […]

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The End of a Busy Productive Year!

My end of year summations are typically about invisible things. Invisible, because though I’m very busy and working hard, what I do every day isn’t visible to the world at large until something is published. Books take time and all sorts of things can delay them. But this year saw the publication of a new […]

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NaNoWriMo Hints for Success

Even though I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year, I know a lot of people are, so here’s some tips to help you out, based on my experiences successfully completing NaNo. Everyone has a different process, and different constraints on the time they have to write, so take whatever you think will work for you and […]

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“You gotta have a plan”

As Earl said in Tremors: “You gotta have a plan.” I’ve got a lot of book projects in progress right now, so I thought I’d update everyone on what’s in the pipeline and the status of each project, as well as what my work schedule for the various books is right now. This is my plan, […]

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New Year, New Resources for Writers (and Everyone)

I’ve recently discovered and started to use a couple of nice online resources, which I’m pleased with. They’ll come in handy in the New Year, both for writing and for handling pesky New Year’s Resolutions. Both have organizational tools, and a creative flair to them which I like — and I think others might like […]

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How I Spent My Summer

It was a busy summer and I’m moving into an unusually busy fall. So grab hold of something while I run you through the wild ride of everything I’ve been working on — and some interesting personal side projects! The science fiction novel went through beta readers, revisions, proofreading and a title change! The current […]

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Autumn is a Season: Fall is a Verb

It can’t be the weather because we’re not (yet) having fall weather, but autumn is upon us and I am “Fall-ing” in all the usual ways…and also some unusual ways. I’ve got news, news, news! Writing news, blogging news, social network news, music news, and spacey news. (You knew I was spacey, right?) Writing: My usual […]

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In the dark…

I came across this article, Why Creativity Thrives In The Dark, appropriately enough last November when I was starting work on a new novel. Apparently, creative people do it in the dark. Or in very dim lighting. Of course, these days you can find a study purporting pretty much anything (including contradictory things) online, but […]

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Writing Prompt #1

Some friends gave me Story Cubes for Christmas. When I first looked at the Story Cubes I thought the idea would be good for generating writing prompts. My second thought was that I needed to throw a Story Party and have some fun making stories with my friends using the dice. 😀 However, I decided […]

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Taking a Byte out of Creativity

This morning I read Slaves of the Internet Unite! It’s not the first essay of this sort I’ve read and I have no hope that it will be the last. In fact, I’m about to write a post very much like it…Because that op-ed piece is so (bafflingly) true. Writers and artists need more respect…and […]

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