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Category Archives: creative process

Some Tools of My Trade

When it comes to writing prose, I’m pretty exclusively a computer user. Writing by hand is toooooo sllllooooooowww a process when it comes to getting stuff out of my head and onto a page. But when it comes to jotting down ideas, writing things down so that I’ll remember them later (very important when you’re […]

Exeunt, Pursued by a Bear

I said I was going to be sharing something every day in my prepping for the novel I’ve had bouncing around in my head, the one I intended to write this past National Novel Writing Month. And yet, I haven’t posted anything in four weeks. “What happened?” you may be asking, unless you actually have […]

Begin the Begin

When I was a college undergrad, this is how I wrote the majority of papers for my liberal arts classes (which I took a lot of, being a liberal arts kind of guy): 1) get up at the crack of dawn (or just before the dawn had begun to crack) of the day my paper […]

Works in Progress

I’ve long been shy about the way I actually go about doing things behind the scenes. Like a stage magician, I didn’t want people to see how I pulled things off. I didn’t want others to see my bank book or how I handle my money (actually, “mishandle” would be a more apt word). I […]

The Need for Speed

After taking a break from NaNoWriMo for a couple of years, I decided I would throw myself into it with reckless abandon (the only kind of abandon I know how to do) this year. And I did. I had a handful of characters, a vague idea for a plot, a lot of ideas of overall […]

Confessions About Reading and Writing

Confession #1: When I read fiction a friend has written, I think, “Holy crap! Did they really write this? How did they do that?” Confession #2: When I read fiction I’ve written, even the crappy stuff, I think, “Holy crap! Did I really write this? How did I do that?” Confession #3: While fiction writing […]