Weekly Recap – April 26th, 2013

I fought it out with The Devil of Doubt this week. He wanted me to give up and do something easy. He wanted me to feel exposed and worthless, to know that I was deluding myself into thinking I could be a writer. But you know what? F*** him. Halfway through the week, something inside of me pushed back. While …

Letting Go of Ideas

Is there an appropriate time to kill an idea? That precious kernel I’ve spent months cherishing; is it one of those darlings that William Faulkner wants me to take out behind the barn and make sure it never bothers anyone again? Or maybe not kill it, but slap it around and convince it to change its ways? As a writer, I can …

Weekly Recap – April 19th, 2013

I originally started this post with, “Another week of not-much-to-say.” As I thought some more and let my fingers work their magic, it turned out I had quite a few things to say after all. I have several other posts about writing in the oven, but they’re still doughy. (Writing in the oven? Sounds intense. Writing, in the oven? Yeah, …

Weekly Recap – April 12th, 2013

I’m tired. It’s my week for on-call support at work and it was a long night. Since my brain drove off The Cliff of Exhaustion some umpteen miles ago, I’ll summarize this week: I read. I posted something about research. I worked. I wrote. I slept. I ate. I posted something about horses. I exercised. I look forward to making …

Thoughts on Fiction Research

Upon completing my last short story, another seed was planted in my head that couldn’t be dislodged. I thought it, too, would become a short story. Then I thought about it some more and decided it was actually going to be a novella. A month later, it absolutely had to be a novel. I’m afraid if I pondered any longer, …

Current Novel Research Stack

I really need a better camera. Anyway, posted for your enjoyment. I’ll let you guess which one I’m currently going through based on my recent post. Believe it or not, I’m still waiting on several more books to make it through the almighty US Postal Service. -Phillip

Weekly Recap – April 5th, 2013

Keeping up with my daily writing schedule was an abysmal failure this week. I did spend some time researching my novel as well as focus on the outline. A lot of good things came out of that, including a new major character. This weekend, I’ll put up a photo of my recently acquired study books. Not much to really say, …

Weekly Recap – March 29th, 2013

Hello friends, I’ve tried not to beat anyone’s head over this, but Sunday is the final day for voting in LitReactor’s Teleport Us contest. Higher Minds could use your love! I do apologize that you need to register an account in order to vote, but if you’re willing, I would be in your debt. Thanks to those that have already …

Techniques of the Selling Writer – Scene and Sequel

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” – Thomas Paine Conflict — the stuff good fiction is made of. A story without it is like a sugar-free donut. You only end up with a bland, fried bagel still sitting in the pink cardboard box at the end of the day. Not too many people care about someone who’s …

Weekly Recap – March 15th, 2013

Back in the office and it’s been a busy week. *** I spent about six days drafting and refining a little anecdote from my past, Lanes Lane. I enjoyed writing this, largely because it gave me the opportunity to work on my prose while not having to build a story from scratch. The bones were already there and, per Alfred …