I wish I had known that before I wrote 100,000 words

Writing is a journey of discovery, self-actualization, revelation, and I’m sure a bunch of other stuff to a bunch of other writers. For me, who comes to the craft relatively late in life and without formal training (i.e. – English Continue reading I wish I had known that before I wrote 100,000 words

My First Writers’ Conference

I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s 22nd Annual Writers’ Institute last weekend at the beautiful Madison campus. What follows are some of my general impressions. I may comment on some specific workshops and speakers in a future post. Overall impression: Continue reading My First Writers’ Conference

How to find an extra two hours per week to write

“If only I had more time to write, then I’d be able to finish my (novel, memoir, short story, non-fiction proposal, etc.). ” Who of us aspiring writers has not had that thought at least once a week? Most of Continue reading How to find an extra two hours per week to write

A Useful proofreading tool I’ve developed

When prepping a manuscript for submission, whether for an agent, editor, publisher, or even a critique group, I prefer to have my submission as clean and perfect as possible. I was inspired to become a better proofreader and revisor by the Continue reading A Useful proofreading tool I’ve developed

Ten writing lessons I learned in 2010

1. The business of writing is diametrically opposed to the art of writing. 2. I’m not nearly as bad a “serious” writer as I thought  I was. The corollary: I’m not nearly as good a “serious” writer as I think Continue reading Ten writing lessons I learned in 2010

A milestone reached!

I did it!  Finally finished the novel I’ve been working on. Great, you say, when will it be published? Oh, no, no, no. It’s not ‘finished’ finished, as in completed and ready to be printed. I meant the story has been Continue reading A milestone reached!

Happy Independence Day

Not much to say now, just trying to keep the posts coming at a  steady pace. It’s been a busy time lately with golf tournaments, preparing for family visits, trying to repair a canoe, finishing the novel and doing critiques at Continue reading Happy Independence Day

A week of loss

It has been one of those weeks here in southern Minnesota. The kind that leaves you wondering about metaphysics. Questions pop into your head like: Why do we die in the first place? How come death comes so suddenly and Continue reading A week of loss

Where have all the classics gone?

While perusing blogs, surfing the internet and checking out profiles on Critique Circle- my online writing group- I’ve noticed (perhaps arbitrarily) that very few writers mention “old classics” as being influences on their writing, or even books they number among their personal Continue reading Where have all the classics gone?

Observations about online critiquing groups

I’ve written seriously for about 2 years (yet to be published) and joined an online critique group soon after that. At that website I have become one of the more active participants, mainly due to reading a lot of submissions and critiquing Continue reading Observations about online critiquing groups