I’ve blocked my first Twitter – The Writer Edition account. It seems a right of passage albeit a sad one. It is preemptive but I’m tailoring this experience to my benefit not theirs and these are the choices we get to make. I’ve watched this account with increasing wary. I actually followed them for aContinue reading “Blockade”

The Honest Truth

We all ask for it but I’m not sure any of us really want it because as the saying goes ‘the truth hurts’. As writers we exist like sadomasochists begging to get taken down a notch at every turn, peer groups, beta readers, book reviews, Twitter. Yet we all agree we want the truth. I’veContinue reading “The Honest Truth”


I saw a quote recently that said ‘if I’m remembered as anything I want it to be as an overachiever’. We had a long talk with our youngest about this idea because as a child filled with even more potential than most it’s hard to watch their apathy. I’m not sure they took away theContinue reading “Aspiring”


Let’s make this a Twitter challenge here are the rules: Write a descriptive paragraph about your workspace – any genre Tweet it in a reply to this or put in the comment below No more than two threads per description please I promise to read them all and will pick my favorite Mine is below:Continue reading “Workspace”

First Liners

I’m not the biggest believer in the first line thinking, that thinking that says you have to hook them with the first words before that first period. In fact the only first liners I’ve ever remembered are a few of Dickens and John Irving because it’s really the last line and he writes that first.Continue reading “First Liners”

Carbon Copy

Mark Twain said there were no original thoughts. Everything that could be thought had been thought and we were only tossing them about in new and unique combinations ever since. There’s some truth to that I think. I used to work in equity research right across from the old trade centers…yep I was there thatContinue reading “Carbon Copy”


Things flop. You can look to the movie industry to see how true this is. It happens all the time and often with the power and might of very deep pockets who have a vested interest in success. We can ask why but at the end of the day it happens usually because of ego.Continue reading “Blockbuster”

The Goldfinch

I just finished reading The Goldfinch, about 6 years after all the hooplah over The Goldfinch. That’s about right on time for me these days. It was long and she may have used every word in the English language to write it. It was the best of times it was the worst of times. IContinue reading “The Goldfinch”

More Than Words

Shaking things up here, I’m going to work on some writing exercises through these daily posts.  Some will be terrible, many may need structural work, occasionally they will be beautiful.  It’s an exercise and I’m doing it to get stronger.  Constructive criticism always welcomed. The exercise today: Write a story that contains ONLY dialogue.  Notes:Continue reading “More Than Words”