Presents of Mind

“It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.” —Jack Kerouac

What Is and What Should Never Be

My contribution to WordPress fiction writing blogs today is to offer something that could break through some writing walls for me, but possibly something that you already discovered a long time ago. … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Word Birds

  -Philippe Claudel, Brodeck

September 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Novelist’s Privilege

Ah, yes. How odd everyone is. And what a spectrum of oddity is hidden within each person. I remember a middle-aged next door neighbor who had a friend who always dressed … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Writing Hygiene #1

September 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

What’s Your System?

This is a blog for fiction writers. As such, it discusses the aspects and challenges of the craft from this writer’s tiny corner of experience. Every so often I post … Continue reading

September 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Art of Avoidance

avoid |əˈvoid| v. [with object] keep away from or stop oneself from doing (something). I don’t know how many books there are in the world, but it’s probably safe to say there are … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · 5 Comments


When I can’t seem to write anything that seems remotely worthwhile.

September 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

A Writer’s Garden

September 16, 2014 · 4 Comments

Naming is Reclaiming

It’s hard convincing yourself that where you are at the moment is your home, and it’s not always where your heart is. -Jonathan Carroll Why do we remember some books … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Writing with ADHD

  Writing doesn’t come naturally to anyone. It’s hard work. You have a million things to do, and a voice is accusing you of not getting them done. After all, … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Exercise to Sharpen a Writer’s Observations Skills

  How aware of everyday life are you? How much and how often do you notice things around you? William S. Burroughs used to say that most people don’t notice what’s … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

We Know More Than We Think We Know

August 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Surrealism of Ordinary Things

  If you and I were sitting on a couch and we both saw the late Robin Williams open a bottle of Bud and sit cross-legged on the coffee table in … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · 3 Comments

Feel Your Way Home

August 29, 2014 · 7 Comments

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