Only Connect

Only Connect

There’s been a lot to celebrate in the writing life so far this November. Since I haven’t yet configured a newsletter that will charmingly organize all the things, I will merely list them. THE NECESSARIES is out in print on

Writing Over vs. Overwrought

Writing Over vs. Overwrought

I recently had accepted for publication a story I’ve been sending out for 4 years and have been working on for far longer. So first and foremost, hooray for that. I won’t say where until the publisher confirms that they

Advance copies of THE NECESSARIES

Advance copies of THE NECESSARIES

So I just got a box of Advance Reader Copies for my new collection The Necessaries, and I’m noticing how the delirious joy of having a copy of one’s book to hold in one’s hands gets overwhelmed fairly quickly by

When It Works

When It Works

We all know what the ideal route to publication looks like. It’s a walk through the park with a few major landmarks: Draft, stew a bit, finish draft, let it rest. Get reader feedback. Revise. Rest again. Revise some more,

Celebrating Book Lovers Day

Celebrating Book Lovers Day

So the news tells me August 9 is National Book Lover’s Day, and while my first response is curiosity—isn’t every day a good day to be a book lover?—I realize the point is to get people to put down their

The Engine of Desire

The Engine of Desire

I recently took a class from novelist Amy Hassinger at the Midwest Writing Center‘s David R. Collins Writing Conference, intriguingly titled “Revving the Engine of Desire.” Amy taught us that the key element of a compelling story—the most powerful tool