Presents of Mind

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

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 · 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

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,333 other followers