The Accidental Productive Writer

If it wasn’t for the Internet, I think a lot more people would write books. It’s actually a wonder that anything ever gets done when most of have easy access to a firehose of information, social networking and clickbait 24/7. There are times when a writer purposely shuts off the Internet…and there are times whenContinue reading “The Accidental Productive Writer”

The Inspiration Trap

For centuries — maybe longer — an insidious lie has spread through the creative community; whispered from one generation to the next. A lie that has kept promising writers, painters, photographers and filmmakers from achieving their potential. It is a simple idea that buries itself deep in the mind of the beginning artist like aContinue reading “The Inspiration Trap”

Summer Nights

Sometimes, the modern world is a blessing for a writer. Worlds of information lay at my fingertips. I can write, edit and publish from anywhere and everywhere. But I can also get sidetracked, distracted, overwhelmed. Sometimes everything is too much. That’s when I need to step back from the world and all its technological wonders.Continue reading “Summer Nights”

A Change of Place

Writer’s block is the worst. Worse than getting a cold in the summer. It sneaks up without warning and can leave you wordless for days, weeks. Thousands of books and blogs have been written promising the cure. Sometimes they help, but sometimes there is no easy cure. Like a car on an icy road, you’reContinue reading “A Change of Place”

A Time and Place for All Words

It’s been six days since my last blog post; six days since I wrote anything of my own. This is one of those hectic weeks that won’t look so bad from the comfort of next week. There are a million and ten things to be done at work and by the time I get home,Continue reading “A Time and Place for All Words”

6 Stories in 6 Weeks

Some people give up sweets or Facebook for Lent. I like to issue myself a challenge. Some years, I force myself to exercise. Some years, I commit myself to learning new guitar chords. Some years, I just try to be a better person (with mixed results). This year, I realized that if I seriously wantContinue reading “6 Stories in 6 Weeks”

A Toast to a Toast

My friend Nathan is getting married in three days. As the best man, I have three duties: Throw him a party, get him to the wedding and give the toast. The toast — a tradition possibly as old as drinking itself — is one of the highlights of the reception dinner. No pressure, right? PlatoContinue reading “A Toast to a Toast”

I Don’t Know What to Blog About

I meant to write a novel this month and I haven’t written a word. That’s pretty bad. What’s worse is that I’m supposed to blog twice a week and I haven’t done that either. You can’t force inspiration, but neither can you use its absence to excuse laziness. If I’m going to make it asContinue reading “I Don’t Know What to Blog About”

I Think There’s a Bird In My Wall

I didn’t wake up to the sound of my alarm this morning. No, I woke up to an incessant tapping. At first, I thought someone was knocking on the door. I staggered to the door in my boxers and squinted out through the peephole and saw nothing but the earliest rays of morning light castingContinue reading “I Think There’s a Bird In My Wall”

Staring Down a Blank Page

I dislike writing beginnings…almost as much as I dislike writing endings. In my mind, there’s a lot of pressure to start a chain reaction of inspired events and characterization in that opening phrase. In reality, no one is breathing down my neck, waiting for me to type the perfect opening line. I know it’s unfairContinue reading “Staring Down a Blank Page”