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

Observations from the third annual Tucson Festival of Books

I was fortunate that a planned visit to my father and stepmother’s coincided with the dates of the Festival, March 12-13. Since Dad didn’t have any special plans due to having had cataract surgery a few days earlier (successful, I’m Continue reading Observations from the third annual Tucson Festival of Books

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

A small moral victory

I hit a milestone the other day: my first positive response to a query letter I sent out for my novel. An agent read the first chapter, which I enclosed with my query, and immediately requested the first 50 pages! Continue reading A small moral victory

And then there’s the synopsis…groan

Little did I know what I was getting into when I started writing my novel. All the stuff you have to do besides actually write: study the craft, get critiqued, critique others, read blogs, learn about the publishing business, agents, Continue reading And then there’s the synopsis…groan

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

There’s critiquing, and then there’s editing.

I thought I knew what editing was all about based on more than two years of belonging to critiquecircle.com, submitting almost 50 pieces of my work (mostly chapters) and giving well over 300 critiques of other writers’ submissions. I’m pretty Continue reading There’s critiquing, and then there’s editing.

Audio Books

My wife and I recently returned from a two-week vacation from our home in Minnesota to Washington, Oregon, and other points west. For us, half the fun is getting there, so we love to drive on these long journeys. Leaving Continue reading Audio Books