Reflections on 30 Years of a Writing Routine

Every budding writer knows the rule: if you want to become a better writer, you have to stick to a routine. Writing is a craft, which means it is both a skill and an art, and it involves many fine technical points that can be mastered only with repeated practice. It’s...

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. I’m only a few episodes into each, but the fact...

Darren Greer wins Raddall

Last night, my friend Darren Greer won the Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Devoted readers of this blog will recall that I myself won this award last year, so I can personally attest to the incredible thrill that races through one’s veins upon hearing...

More On Character Development

Further notes on this not-so-mysterious topic Through the magic of Google Analytics, I can see that my most popular article in my Creative Butt-Kicking section is the one on character development. I wrote that several years ago, and while there have been no...