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September 11, 2018

You've been waiting for this day. Anxious, excited, curious, even a little intimidated. The release of your new novel by the publisher just happened. Now what? 

In your life as a writer, everything builds to your book being made available to readers. It is published, an...

May 29, 2018

Even when snow is “falling faintly…faintly falling,” prospects for publishing literary work are appallingly dismal.

How did your story start? “A writer climbs out of his clothes like dead skin, sloughing off every vestige of waking life, walks down to the dock, stands f...

February 1, 2018

For this continuing series of posts, I'm recommending other works of fiction and non-fiction.

I'd like to start with Ta-Nehisi Coates' We Were Eight Years in Power. This powerful text is at once memoir, history, news, and social and political commentary of the highest o...

November 10, 2017

On the way home from teaching a prose poetry class on a Tuesday night, I happened to listen to an early version of Paul McCartney’s song “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” on the Sirius Radio Beatles’ channel. It was an alternative, earlier version that appeared...

October 13, 2017

The act of creating a novel, short story, or play is always an impressive feat, sometimes an astonishing one. After the creative muse quiets, however, the painstaking work of editing a “finished” manuscript begins.

Editing is critically important to completing a work. A...

September 12, 2017

Although we can all name various distractions, from those that are life-altering to fairly minor ones, writers face daily hurdles in the process of writing and completing a book or work of considerable substance. Once in a while, my dog has gotten sick just as I've had...

September 12, 2017

Even when the snow is “falling faintly…faintly falling,” prospects for publishing literary work are appalling.

It’s 1:17 a.m. as the writer completes an initial draft and 1:17 again somewhere in the world in the weeks, months, or years after those words were first compo...

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