Month: January 2019

Off the Hook: More Fun with First Lines

For the past couple of years I’ve written blog posts examining the first lines of my short stories. All of this is based on an essay by Stephen King called “Great Hookers I Have Known” from his collection Secret Windows. In the essay, he examines first…

Works in Progress: How Many Is Too Many?

I often go hunting for quotes from authors about writing, usually for my weekly writing update posts. I recently stumbled across the following quote from novelist Philip Roth, and I really dig it. He said: “The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.” -Philip…

Let’s Play Rejection Bingo

Today we’re returning to rejections, but we’re gonna have a little fun with it. If you’ve been submitting your work for any length of time, you’ve likely accumulated a bunch of form rejections, and you’ve no doubt recognized common phrases that appear in these…

A Week of Writing: 1/7/19 to 1/13/19

Another week of writing come and gone. Here’s how I did. Words to Write By This week’ quotes comes from Ernest Hemingway. “The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.” – Ernest Hemingway What I like about this quote is that finishing can mean…

A Week of Writing: 12/31/2018 to 1/6/2019

The first week of 2019 is in the books. Let’s see how I did. Words to Write By This week, it’s another of Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules for Good Writing. This is #9. “Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.” – Elmore…

100 Rejections: Achievement Unlocked

In 2018 I achieved a landmark (for me) literary achievement – 100 rejections in a single year. I know that might sound like a dubious goal. I mean, why would you want to get rejected 100 times? Let me see if I can explain….

2018 Review: Writing by the Numbers

Well, here we are with a brand new year, so I thought I’d look back at 2018 and talk a bit about how I did, writing-wise, in the last twelve months. This is gonna be one of those posts where I give you a…

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