Writing Process – The Tyranny of Digital

Writing Process – The Tyranny of Digital

Defining the Problem Sometimes our writing process can be hindered by the tools we choose–or the tools we’re forced to choose because they’re the ones most in vogue. I turned eighteen in 1984 so I spent my formative writing years in a pre-digital,...
Don’t Just Dive Into Your Writing Projects

Don’t Just Dive Into Your Writing Projects

Don’t just dive into your writing projects. It doesn’t work. How do I know? Because it’s my default approach to writing, and I have boxes (and hard drives) full of unfinished stories. But allow me to clarify: By “diving in” I mean writing before your premise has...
Writers: Don’t Be Stingy with the Detail

Writers: Don’t Be Stingy with the Detail

I have a tendency to write lean — as in close-to-the-bone. Take me as a cautionary tale. In other words, writers, don’t be stingy with the detail. In my college days, I was compared to Hemingway from time to time, not because I was as good as him, but because I...
Writing Process – It Takes Two Ideas – Part 2

Writing Process – It Takes Two Ideas – Part 2

In the writing process, it takes two ideas–rubbing against one another–to make a satisfying premise. In this post, I’m going to give a real-world example. I don’t know George R. R. Martin, and I would not presume to speak for him. I am, however,...