Category: Craft

T.C. Boyle Interview

I caught the “Overheard with Evan Smith” interview of T.C. Boyle last night, driving back¬†after writing for several hours at a couple of good spots. (Where to write: another conundrum for me, at least.) One interesting point the author made…

On Span of Memory and Tools

Last week a fellow writer was discussing the trouble with editing a document that had been laid down for a while. Keeping the entire novel in one’s head, the writer said, was important when making¬†edits with large blocks of text…

On Characters with PTSD

One should write what one knows, goes the hoary advice. And it’s true: stories are vibrant, clear, more memorable and more interesting when the writer really knows their subject matter, whether it’s a location, a type of character, or an…

Midnight Writing

Its been getting ugly in my neighborhood these past few weeks: the new complex owners installed a kiddie playground directly outside my bedroom/living rooms, where I sleep/write. And in the mornings, when I used to sleep in after writing late,…