Living to Write/Writing to Live: How One Author Cracked the Code to Success.

            Andrew Blackman is living “a writer’s life”, and you can learn all about it on his blog of the same title. The long and short of it is this: he was a Wall Street Journal staff writer for a while, then participated in NaNoWriMo in 2007. During that month of intensive wordsmithing he finishedContinue reading “Living to Write/Writing to Live: How One Author Cracked the Code to Success.”

NaNoWriMo: Facing All of Your Worst Writing Fears in a Single Month

Anyone that has ever tried to publish a piece of writing knows that there are a number of steps along the way that can be downright terrifying. There is the intimidation wrought by that lone blinking vertical line on an empty Word Document to tend with, then the countless hours of tedious rereads and editsContinue reading “NaNoWriMo: Facing All of Your Worst Writing Fears in a Single Month”

Freelance Travel Writer Eric Hiss Explains How to Get an Editor’s Attention

Eric Hiss has more than 18 years of professional freelance writing experience under his belt. Throughout nearly two decades he has managed to place his work in more than 40 publications including Condé Nast Traveler, Delta Sky, and the Robb Report, his curio cabinet features a prestigious journalism award from the government of India. AfterContinue reading “Freelance Travel Writer Eric Hiss Explains How to Get an Editor’s Attention”

Writing Honest Headlines, Using Keywords, and Living With Yourself

Many writers today seem more than willing to sacrifice clarity in headlines for web traffic, but more important still is consideration for the reader’s experience. Like every other citizen of the modern world, I get most of my news online. It should come as no surprise then, that like everyone, I am guilty of headlineContinue reading “Writing Honest Headlines, Using Keywords, and Living With Yourself”

International Perspective From Freelancer Mridu Khullar Relph

Mridu Khullar Relph is a multiple award-winning freelance writer and journalist based in India whose work has appeared in Elle, TIME, the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, the Independent, The International Herald Tribune, and on, and on, and on. She maintains a freelance writing advice blog called “Tell Your Story, Sell Your Story,”Continue reading “International Perspective From Freelancer Mridu Khullar Relph”

A Faith Healer of Fiction– My Conversation with Manuel Munoz

At 41, Manuel Muñoz has hit what many would consider a stride in his writing career. He is an Assistant Professor in one of the best creative writing programs in the nation. His first novel, What You See in the Dark, was published in 2011 by Algonquin Books, following two selections of short stories: ZigzaggerContinue reading “A Faith Healer of Fiction– My Conversation with Manuel Munoz”

This Post Does Not Include a Photograph.

Good evening readers—or morning, or afternoon. I suppose it depends less upon when I am writing this post than it does upon what time it is for anyone as they are reading it. So good whatever it is to you wherever you are. I haven’t even started on my point yet, though already I digress.Continue reading “This Post Does Not Include a Photograph.”

Sager Says—My Unlikely Conversation with a Best-Selling Author

It was by design that I was at Mike Sager’s talk with Chuck Klosterman on the University of Arizona campus during last month’s book fair. It was also by design that I harassed ever single writer and editor at the event that I could get to bend an ear in my direction. It was completelyContinue reading “Sager Says—My Unlikely Conversation with a Best-Selling Author”

To Post or Not to Post– A Cry For Help to Fellow Writers

I have reached a dilemma. To this point in my career, all of my published (and, therefore paid) work has been in magazines, plus a little bit of marketing to pay the bills. Though I love (and I really do love) writing journalism and everything that comes with it, I would say that I amContinue reading “To Post or Not to Post– A Cry For Help to Fellow Writers”

JUST KEEP MOVING!– A Hiker’s Guide to Writing Fiction

I am lost. I am in the middle of nowhere, wandering aimlessly, and I am almost out of water. What do I do? My instinct– Bail. Curl up into a ball and weep for my misfortune. When hiking in the Arizona desert, this is the equivalent of death. But as a writer, I have toContinue reading “JUST KEEP MOVING!– A Hiker’s Guide to Writing Fiction”