We are at the tailend of what I like to call the messy middle of the Diving Universe Kickstarter. Every Kickstarter has a pattern. It goes well in the beginning—almost a straight upward trajectory if you’re graphing it. And then it plateaus. If you’re lucky, the Kickstarter has another growth spurt before funding. And if you’re really lucky, there’s another growth spurt at the very […]
It’s too soon to declare victory. In fact, I’m not sure victory should ever be claimed. Not when it comes to the critical voice that lives in our heads. You know, the one that just shouted out loud (in my head) telling me that sentence two has a passive construction. Um, yeah, Doofus. On purpose. Anyway. As I mentioned in the post on critical voice, […]
For years, Dean and I have taught that the critical voice is the enemy of the creative voice. I actually use a diagram when I teach that illustrates the point. It comes from this observation: Human beings crave stories. We do most everything in storytelling form. Learning often comes in the form of storytelling. If were lucky enough as children to have literate parents, they […]
How To Put The Fun Back Into Your Writing
In January, while I was preparing to teach a craft workshop here in Las Vegas, I was happily reading a lovely essay on the comma in the Oregon Quarterly. The essay, titled “For Love of the Comma,” written by Kate Dyer-Seeley, is beautifully done, and as I read, I was thinking of recommending the piece on my monthly recommended reading list—until I hit this: …I […]
I’m considered prolific. So from the outside, I look like a writing machine to many writers. I’ve heard that over and over again: How I’m so dedicated and strong and am all about writing.
It doesn’t feel that way from the inside. I don’t write nearly enough. I never get to everything I want to do. I feel like I’m doing things other than writing most of the time.
How do (and did) I get work done, even with a chronic illness that, at its worst, incapacitated me 21 out of 28 days every month?
I don’t expect other people to have the same priorities that I do. It’s up to me to prioritize my family, my health, and my writing. It’s not up to the world. The world is what it is. Other people will do what they do.
Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of questions from interviewers that I have never gotten before. They ask, “Are you going to join the latest trend and hire ghostwriters to put out more books in your series?” So far, I have managed to refrain (at least on podcasts) from responding, “Are you fucking kidding me?” and simply say, “No, I’m too much of a control […]