On Writing

But, Writer…Are You Telling the Truth?

But, Writer…Are You Telling the Truth?
We all heard the question, "Are you telling the truth?" often enough as children, but until recently, I never thought to ask it of my fiction writing. An earlier inquiry might have saved me years of r...

Why we must read fiction, to write fiction

Why we must read fiction, to write fiction
Reading illustrates writing conventions, and what works That being a fiction reader is essential to being a fiction writer is a conventional wisdom in the writing realm. Stephen King is blunt about it...

Why are We Hard-Wired for Stories?

Why are We Hard-Wired for Stories?
Most of us learned at some point about catharsis, the ancient Greek concept that tragic stories give us a kind of emotional cleanse, which is meant to explain the enduring appeal of tragedies—a reason...

For Writing’s Sake

For Writing’s Sake
“No book can ever be finished. While working on it we learn just enough to find it immature the moment we turn away from it.”  - Karl R. Popper Karl Popper was not referring to fiction when he said th...