Archives for January 2013

Nothing Is Wasted

bloomI’m feeling a trifle discouraged today.  This morning I finally resigned myself to the fact that the entire middle section of the book I’ve been working on for the past year has to be dumped, and what doesn’t need to be dumped has to be revised.

I say “resigned” rather than “realized” because on some level I think I’ve known for a while I had to make these changes. I just didn’t want to make them. So I spent a great deal of time and energy trying to find a way to make the scenes work. But they’re just wrong and they make the book wrong and so they have to go.

Calming The Muse

the muse

“she thought that maybe she was wrong–“


“but when she looked into his eyes, she–”


WHAT? I’m working here!

Would you mind not talking to me right now?

I just have to get this thought out–

I’m driving, Muse. And I don’t have a voice recorder because I can’t stand the sound of my own voice so anything you say just floats around in my brain.

And this is my problem?


Why, Not When

drill sergeant

What do you want?

To write a novel!

When do you want it?


March, struggling writer, march!

When it comes to goals, I think the question we should be asking is not necessarily “when” we want to achieve the thing. Of course we want it immediately. Better yet, we want it yesterday, with little or no effort, please. In my case, I want to have come out of the womb with a best-selling novel clutched in my pudgy little fist.

No, the real question is, “why do we want it?”

A Few Thoughts About Publishing Today

books1Some people tend to romanticize publishing.  I might even have been guilty of it a time or two myself.  But publishing is, at its core, a business.  And it’s a business in the middle of transition.

I think there are really three big issues forcing the change – digital publishing, the corresponding rise of self-publishing, and the decrease in the number of bookstores.

Brick and mortar bookstores are closing, print runs of books are down.  At the same time, book distribution is moving to the Internet, thanks in large part to big book-selling websites and popular digital ereaders.  Advances in technology have also made it much easier to self-publish.  Self-published books appear on websites next to those that are traditionally published, available in print through print on demand, competing for reader attention. More and more established authors are self-publishing at least some of their books.