Some posts about writing

Interview with Author Erik Marshall

Here is an interview with Erik Marshall, author of Death of the Author, a new lighthearted detective set in academia, featuring Chandler Cain, adjunct instructor turned private investigator. You can buy it on Amazon here (affiliate link). Okay, I know what you're...

January writing update: Bleghhh!

Here's an update on my quest to write a million words in 2015. The goal for January was to write 84,932 words. I fell well short at 34,132. Now, this is still a decent number of words if you think about it, but it's around/less than half of the goal. The good news is...

Start something new or finish something started?

I just came up with a great idea for a novel, one rife with conspiracies and action and cool tech stuff and hackers. It's going to be so fun to write. It's a novel I would totally read, which make the best novels. The way I've got it planned, it should be about...

I am going to write 1 Million Words in 2015

I am going to attempt to write 1 million words in 2015. Now, I know I'm not the first to do this. I also will not be the only one to do it in 2015. That's not the point. The point is that I am going to do it. What is 1 million words? 1,000,000 words/year is the...

Failing at Goals, Learning to Forgive

I set a goal at the beginning of April to complete 50,000 words of a rewrite of the novel I started last year. I had been stuck in revision, and decided that the best way forward was to start over completely. Whether or not this was a good idea is another story, but...

Repackaging Content for Sales and Visibility

I went to the brick-and-mortars Barnes and Noble to look for Chuck Klosterman's latest book, but was appalled to see that it was $25 in hardcover, so I went to the website to see if I could get it cheaper. Here I ran into something interesting. Searching for...

Memoiry

I have been struggling to write a memoir of my days in graduate school for almost a year now. The struggle is not in the writing so much as the remembering (and now, the editing). I pumped out 30,000 words on a fairly quick timeline, and have added some since, but now...

Finish What You Start

Neil Gaiman, in this moving speech, says that one of the things an artist must do to be successful, is finish things. Sounds easy, but it's not. As you all know, I am writing a memoir. It is more than half done, and I am very excited about it. I also wrote a novel...

Self-publishing resources

I published this to Google+, but I thought I should put it here as well. the links with a + before them open to the person's profile in G+.   While I have been preparing to self-publish some work, I have gathered a few resources some of you might be interested...

Time management for writers

This could also be called "Time management for academics,"  "Time management for the self-employed" or "Time management for anyone with unstructured time."  I have long struggled with time management. It is at the point where, on the rare occasions when I have a whole...

The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good

  Dans ses écrits, un sàge Italien Dit que le mieux est l'ennemi du bien. --Voltaire "La Bégueule I don't know if I heard or read this story somewhere or if I made it up, but I have an image of a "writer" who has a story he wants to write, but won't start until...

Writing across boundaries

In a recent article on Slate, Mark O'connell reviews Jonathan Lethem's book about The Talking Heads as an example of the "critic as memoirist." He talks about the line Lethem blurs between being genuinely critical and autobiographical. I haven't yet read the book but...