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

Book Bums Nov. 4

Join a roster of terrific authors, marketing pros, and independent publishers at the 4th Annual Book Bums Writer’s Workshop to be held Saturday, November 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at West Liberty Public Library in West Liberty, IA.

Some thoughts on writing with research

stack of books surrounding notepad

I visited the Clinton Public Library last night to talk with some writers about using research in writing and, as always, I learned more from them than I think they learned from me. In no particular order of importance or

The Necessaries and being near finals

It’s finals season, so I’ve been nutty for the past week: papers were rolling in, grade sheets were being updated hourly, and the flurry of emails from panicked and pleading students reached fever pitch. Today, I’m happy to pause and

Show me the Why

Show me the Why

Two Saturdays ago, I had the pleasure of joining a group of old friends and new at the Midwest Writing Center for a workshop called “Don’t Write For Free, Write for Profit!” led by journalist, ghostwriter, and publishing expert John

The Workshop Life is the Life for Me

The Workshop Life is the Life for Me

I got to talk with a bunch of wonderful writers at a recent workshop at the Midwest Writing Center in the Quad Cities on the subject of scenes and scene-writing, something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. Sitting at

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