NANOWRIMO vs the writers’ conference

Well dear reader, it’s true I’m doing a National Novel Writers Month project again this year. It’s also true that I was at a writers’ conference last week. And, to be honest, the writers’ conference both hindered and helped me in my thinking about NANO this year… Things that get in the way… My wifeContinue reading “NANOWRIMO vs the writers’ conference”

Building better…

Sorry folks, no politics here. Today we’re talking about some changes happening to the blog. New contributors I’ve been working this blog and Words Mean Stuff solo since the beginning. But, my point of view and skill set aren’t the only ones out there. It also takes a lot of work to do it allContinue reading “Building better…”

NANOWRIMO the countdown begins…

I know, I know it’s only August, but November is coming. And, November is the month for NANOWRIMO. I’ve talked about NANOWRIMO before. Actually… Several… Times… . I’ve ‘won’ several times too. But it’s still relevant for many of us in the writing community. So, it’s time to talk about it again. NANO is aContinue reading “NANOWRIMO the countdown begins…”

From the beginning, for a second time…

We’re not born knowing everything. We learn. And, after a while, we forget what it’s like to be a novice learner. We forget that first time experience. This is a problem for writers. As my theater major roommate used to say, “every time the story is told is the first time for someone.” That meansContinue reading “From the beginning, for a second time…”

Live event, laughs, and lessons

(Note this post also appears at Words Mean Stuff under a slightly different title…) Well, I survived! Besides a family reunion, I spent a weekend at a live tabletop gaming event. I have to say it went well, but there are always interesting bits and moments. (For those who might wonder I’ll call it ‘almostContinue reading “Live event, laughs, and lessons”

The danger of acceptance

I’m waiting to hear about a novel I submitted. I’m also working on the sequel and a couple of non-fiction projects. Getting the book accepted will be exciting. I’ve been wanting to work with this publisher for a while and good things will come out of them accepting the series. But there is danger inContinue reading “The danger of acceptance”

Want to understand your language? Learn another one…

As a writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about language. It’s something writers do. One thing that’s helping me think about language right now is thinking in a different language. People in high school or college language courses say, “I really didn’t learn English until I tried to learn (insert foreign language).” InContinue reading “Want to understand your language? Learn another one…”

Respect…

With all the shutdowns and kerfuffle around the Covid-19 situation, I’ve been watching the publishing and media news with interest. Some of what we’re seeing has been on the way for a while. Some things were a bit of surprise (I didn’t expect Disney execs to cut their own pay until there were no otherContinue reading “Respect…”

We interrupt our regularly scheduled…

Well dear reader, it seems even we in ‘happy valley north’ are affected by the Corona virus… As I’m writing this, I just got word that my local school district is closing until early next month. So… Instead of sitting here working on the wordy stuff, I will spend some time helping my team. ForContinue reading “We interrupt our regularly scheduled…”

Reading bad books…

I’m a lucky guy, my wife supports me in my writing endeavors. Recently she brought me a couple examples of recently on the market novels for the audience I’m writing for at the moment. Neither one was one that I would have picked up myself. And both taught me something. One book, the one I’mContinue reading “Reading bad books…”