Writing

Three excellent methods of character development in HBO’s “The Night Of”

Caution: Spoilers abound in this post! If you haven’t started watching this show yet, don’t read this. Being an author, I hesitate to promote screen-watching over reading, but if I am to be honest, it’s really hard for me to find a book that grabs me the way the best serial shows do these days. …

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Free Resources for Writers

What kind of free resources for writers can you find on this site? For starters, there’s my e-book, Writing for First-Time Novelists. In it, I’ve tried to distill the knowledge I’ve gained over the past 30 years of maintaining a regular writing routine into an as-short-as-possible handbook, written in accessible language. You can download it …

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Indies Unlimited

Kat at Indies Unlimited has become a great supporter of My Writing Network, the new project I’ve started to help budding and established authors promote themselves online by giving them their own websites. She saw the value of this mission and wanted to help publicize it, for which I could not be more grateful. Please …

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Samhain

Several years ago I did a performance with Don Sedgwick and Mary Knickle for Samhain Night. I read some original poetry, and Mary and Don played and sang. It was a great evening, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Below are the poems I read. They won’t make as much sense without the songs to go …

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Third Season Disappointments

Three shows I’ve come to enjoy in the past few years–Vikings, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black–are all in their third season this year. And so far, all three of them have proven to be disappointments. Here’s why.