Presents of Mind

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

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 · 1 Comment

Feel Your Way Home

August 29, 2014 · 7 Comments

Posted Over My Writing Desk

August 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

Breaking the Rules

You’re at your desk. You’re putting your time in. You’ve learned the rules. It happens. You’re banging out pages on your novel and then…nothing. Do you get up and walk … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · 4 Comments

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 · 2 Comments

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 · 2 Comments

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