The Craft of Writing

The Current State of my Writing Goals

Well, I had a good run while it lasted. I managed to write almost every day for more than half a year. No matter how you look at it, that's a major accomplis...

June and July By the Numbers

If you thought my last post in this series was belated, this one takes the cake! I just barely stuck to my writing goals in June and July. I had more than o...

(A Belated) May by the Numbers

Well, here it is, halfway through the month of June, and I'm just now getting around to posting about my writing progress for May. That tells you a lot about...

Playing the Submission Game

As of this writing, I've submitted Ghost of a Friend to three markets and received three rejections, each one quicker than the last. After I received a reje...

April by the Numbers

April was a good month for writing. I finally managed to buckle down and finish a third draft of Ghost of a Friend, and I did it with enough time left to sub...

March by the Numbers

Tracking your writing can be kind of brutal after a while, especially if you have a month where it feels like you didn't hit your goals. March was one of tho...

Writing the Heming-way

As an experiment, I decided to start using Hemingway to proof my blog posts and work assignments. Hemingway is a free web-based tool that catches a few commo...

Collaboration Is Key

Writing is a bit of a contradiction: the physical act of writing usually happens in solitude, but the only way to succeed at writing is through collaboration...

February by the Numbers

The second month is usually where it all falls apart. My dedication to a goal starts slipping and I start coming up with more and more reasons why I don't ac...

From Draft to Draft

I recently finished the second draft of a new short story, and at the moment I'm feeling pretty good about it. The story was inspired by a prompt from The F...

January by the Numbers

Writing in January went pretty well overall. I started by writing a little bit of fiction every day and I eventually pulled off a streak that lasted through ...

Screenwriting Class, Round Two

I signed up for the 201 level of Tom Vaughan's Story and Plot class a few weeks ago, and I'm really looking forward to it. The class starts next Saturday, an...

What I'm Writing Right Now

OK, so: I'm writing every day, and doing my best to maintain my streak, which means I have a few different irons in the fire at all times. Options are good! ...

One More Time With the Writing Tracker

If you've met me, you probably know that I love tracking things. I've kept track of my reading habits on Goodreads (and other services) since 2006. That'...

Watch Your Fucking Mouth

I've been reading a lot of unproduced screenplays recently, and a few things have been jumping out at me. First off: a lot of writers fumble on structure. A...