Writing a novel is like driving through a four dimensional maze blindfolded in a radio flyer that's missing two wheels.
Was it just me, or did it suddenly become less acceptable around the time you turned 23 to put on new versions of yourself? Throughout high school and into your early 20s, it’s assumed, even encouraged, that you’ll try on different versions of who you want to be. I was a jock and a punk … Continue reading Why You Should Start Writing Fiction In Your Late 20s.
Where do writers get their ideas from? Stephen King sums up what most writers think when asked the question: "I can tell you about fifty percent of the time where I got the idea. And the rest of it is totally like getting an idea in a dream and I can’t really remember where they … Continue reading A Picture is Worth 1000 Words: On How the Idea Strikes
Since I've just begun writing my novel - about a hopeless reverend who comes face to face with very difficult decisions in a world where no one lives past their thirtieth birthday - I've been thinking a lot about the first sentences of great novels. I went looking for great opening sentences to see how … Continue reading My Favorite Opening Sentences