Why Music Matters to the Neo Renaissance Writer

The first protagonist I ever wrote in a novel is Matt Lanier, a farm boy from southern Minnesota with a near-genius level IQ. He’s a professional musician in the classical and jazz arenas, but can also hunt and fish, butcher Continue reading Why Music Matters to the Neo Renaissance Writer

Tucson Festival of Books–2013

I attended the  5th annual Tucson Festival of Books last weekend. This is my third year in attendance and it seems bigger than ever. Not sure about better though. The attendance may be reaching critical mass because it gets harder Continue reading Tucson Festival of Books–2013

A Top Ten Helpful Manuscript Editing Technique

Short post this time. I’m doing a piece by piece deconstruction of a novel I highly recommend as a great read, and now recommend as a useful learning vehicle for revising writing. The book is “Prayers for Rain” by Dennis Continue reading A Top Ten Helpful Manuscript Editing Technique

Do you feel like this by the end of NaNoWriMo?

Fortunately, I didn’t. But I did get this for my efforts this month: Woohoo. I’m one for one in National Novel Writing Month success. 50,000 words in thirty days. (“Twenty-nine, actually,” he boasted.) The only problem–I’m nowhere near done with Continue reading Do you feel like this by the end of NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo Update–week 3

I’m at 33,177 words, slightly behind, but still confident. Thanksgiving makes it tough to write, especially when I’m the cook and spend all day in the kitchen. Plus, house guests for the weekend make it tough to find time to Continue reading NaNoWriMo Update–week 3

NaNoWriMo Update- week two

I’m behind, and I know it, and I won’t get caught up for three days at least, maybe a week, but I will write 50,000 words in November! I just finished 22,682 a few minutes ago, and if you let Continue reading NaNoWriMo Update- week two

NaNoWriMo Update

15,347 words as of Nov. 9. I’m 344 words ahead of pace! I’m on track to finish and feeling good. I have to say that plotting before writing ROCKS! I can’t say enough for planning out a story before actually Continue reading NaNoWriMo Update

NANOWRIMO Update and a humorous diversion

Day One of NANOWRIMO: So far, so good. I wrote 1735 words today in about 3 hours. I fiddled around with trying to format a Word document for almost an hour, so writing that many words in about two hours is Continue reading NANOWRIMO Update and a humorous diversion

Ready or Not, NaNoWriMo, Here I Come!

 I’m doing something way out of my comfort zone during the month of November and participating in National Novel Writing Month. It’s more or less a massive group marathon fiction writing event, where writers across the nation (maybe even the Continue reading Ready or Not, NaNoWriMo, Here I Come!