Craft Note: Epistolary Reflections on Innovative Writing

I seem to have always been drawn to fiction you might say is "out there." This seems to have had an influence on the way I write my own fiction. I can't point to any particular approach or technique I've adopted from the authors I admire (beyond the typically derivative affectations common to most beginning…

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Craft Note: How I Hit the Reset Button to Clear My Mind for Writing

I've heard some writers complain (and I've been one of them) that after a day at work they find it almost impossible to write. In particular, I've heard writers like me--those who hold down day jobs as writers and editors--lament that after a day of writing or editing, the last thing they want to do…

Housebreaking the Muse: Major Surgery

309 Days Remaining ... This post reports my recent progress on Housebreaking the Muse and describes some major reworking to the novel's opening section. Several weeks ago, I began to realize the opening section of the novel was just too disjointed. Because of the many narrative entities and the multiple universal planes at work in…