Presents of Mind

Here Be An Uncertain Fiction Writer | “It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.” —Jack Kerouac

Up to Your Eyeballs in Lies

In every grad school workshop we talked about getting at the truth in our revisions, in the shit we made up, because that’s where truth lies: in well-crafted and fully imagined fiction. In a … Continue reading

August 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

Unpacking the Details

Those  of us who love to read and write lust for vivid detail. Second only to point of view in importance (one of my writing instructors often said that story is the working out … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

My Emotional Dyslexia

The only thing that matters to a reader is: MAKE ME CARE. Care (v.) be concerned, worry (oneself), trouble oneself, concern oneself, bother, mind, be interested; informal give a damn, … Continue reading

August 16, 2014 · 5 Comments

Why It’s Important for Writers to Face Their Demons

In my last post I wrote about the civilizing force of language.  I risked losing readers because it was a tad esoteric, because most people still see civilization as the preferred water … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · 4 Comments

Thoughts on Language and Civilization

  Some days I can’t help it. I have to blog about abstractions, about uncomfortable things. Today is one of those abstraction days, so if you want comfort and entertainment, … Continue reading

August 13, 2014 · 3 Comments

Note to Self

As a fiction writer, my reach is toward the enigmatic, the expressionistic, the ambiguous, the evasive, the difficult.

August 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

Words to Keep in Your Notebook

For the times when you believe the inner press release that says, “This isn’t happening today.”

August 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

One Writer’s Novel Process

During the past eight years I’ve written this blog most of my posts have been filled with sniveling self-pity about having no clue about process. Process! Published writers tend to be pretty vague … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · 4 Comments

Eighth Anniversary

Found this little congrats in my notification box today. Guess eight years is some kind of milestone, but not sure which. I thought ten years was the go-to number. I … Continue reading

August 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Annotation as Writing Teacher

You probably have at least one favorite writer that you read a lot because you love something about her or his style, voice, use of language or details, a crazy-good … Continue reading

July 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

What Scares You?

  The received advice from on high has long been, Write what you know, or  some variation of that advice: Write what you don’t know. Or, write what you want … Continue reading

July 25, 2014 · 3 Comments

Follow Your Obsessions

The harsh reality is that we sell out, thinking we must drop our integrity, our visions, our chaotic dreams. In this digital age, it’s nearly impossible to hold on to … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · 3 Comments

Writing the Low-Fi Life

Who was it, Proust? who said, Make the strange familiar and the familiar strange. Personally, I like to write about strange-yet -familiar low-fi memories. You know, those everyday events that … Continue reading

July 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Power of Showing

July 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

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