Category: Craft Discussion

Why Not to Work on Your Novel

I assume if you are reading this blog, you either have been or currently are in the middle of the long slog that is writing a novel. I am. I’m in year three, and still I don’t see an end….

Whether the Weather

I usually try to do what Elmore Leonard says. If plied with wine or office supplies, I might even admit to having a fantasy about him being my life coach, going to the gym with me, telling me how to…

Life and Death and the Novel

Writing a novel, especially a first novel, can be a long, hard process. A few years ago, I began working on a novel that focuses on a mother-in-law and a daughter-in-law and examines the complexities of in-law relationships as well…

Watson, Come Here. I Need You.

Peter Capaldi, who plays the titular lead on Doctor Who at the moment, was asked at a recent convention why he thinks his alien character keeps coming back Earth. Without a pause, the actor replied, “Budgetary reasons.” It was an…