In Absentia

I’m currently hitting the books (both metaphorically and with my forehead) for a certification exam I’m scheduled to sit for on Friday morning. All this to say I will definitely be late for my owed process post, and very likely late to put up my next short story. Whether or not I return to regularly scheduled programming sooner rather than …

How to Draw (Doodle) a Novel

I came across this yesterday and thought it meshed nicely with the concept of visual note-taking, something I recently read about in Hatch!. Seems like a fun way to plot the general pace/structure of a novel as well. -Phillip

(Not yet) Published Works

I decided to take some time today to update my Published Works page. A little public accountability never hurt anyone (too badly), so I’m hoping it will increase my motivation to get things done this year. -Phillip

Author Interviews

While looking for some insight from one of my favorite authors, I came across this goldmine of uncut author interviews from Don Swaim’s defunct CBS radio show, Book Beat. I hope you find something of interest. -Phillip

I Poke Slow

As a fairly new writer, it would behoove me (sorry if I reminded you of an old boss with that phrase) to pick a topic for my novel that I’m intimately familiar with. That way, I could focus more on the actual craft of storytelling; more of an 80/20 split between writing and research. But I didn’t. Why not? I …

Weekly Recap – May 10th, 2013

The weather was strange this week. It would rain buckets at night and the following day, the sun would shine through a cloudless sky. Not that I’m complaining. The tomatoes and strawberries that we’ve been growing have been happy. I’ll try to snap some photos of the strawberries this weekend. A couple of them are turning a magnificent red. The …

Weekly Recap – May 3rd, 2013

My schedule has been a little screwy this week and will continue into the weekend. Lots of off-hour work going on. Rereading that, I kinda sound like a weatherman. — I managed to crank out a few entries this week. Another article in my Techniques of the Selling Writer series. A slightly funny health scare. And last, but certainly not least, …

Techniques of the Selling Writer – Fiction Strategy

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain This series of articles assumes you want to write stories and find an audience of loyal readers, who then influence new readers, who then themselves become loyal readers.  You can do that in your sleep, right? In order for us to tackle this, we have …