My Writing Process (Blog Tour)

May 26, 2014 in General Topics

On a regular basis I get asked for advice or guidance from folks who are wondering about my methods for creating the characters and plots that populate my fiction. Oftentimes these beginning writers have dabbled in a few chapters toward their own work, or produced an outline, or something similar, and they’re befuddled on how to proceed. I’m always happy to help, but I usually can’t go into the details that would be most beneficial to them (due to time constraints), and I regret that.

So when I was invited to join a blog tour that was being conducted by many other authors, I was intrigued, largely by the premise: expound on one’s writing, and the process behind it. Read the rest of this entry →

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Fiction is Never Finished

August 15, 2012 in General Topics

Van Gogh ChairChief among many classical philosophies is the idea that whatever object a person creates can be nothing more than something approaching what is desired. For example, a chair is not a chair — it’s the idea of a chair. The craftsman gets as far as possible, but is forever incapable of achieving the exact end-result he chases.

Fiction-writing, please report front-and-center.
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A Dramatic Reminder to Write What I Know

January 23, 2012 in General Topics

Recently I was reminded of the old writer’s axiom: “Write what you know”. Perhaps “reminded” is an understatement. Let’s try “kicked with the steel-toed boot of feedback”.

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Finished a novel for a friend; Writing Roadblock

August 25, 2011 in General Topics

I recently had the pleasure to read the first draft of Gareth D. Jones’ novel Gap Years. I’m impressed.
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Update on The Tyrant Stratagem

August 2, 2011 in General Topics

So I think I’ve finally crossed the imaginary boundary with the comments received back from the Expert Reader, in which I’ve hopefully made enough revisions to satisfy any lingering concerns he or I had about the story as a whole.
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