Creating an outline that won’t kill your creativity

I've written a variety of novel manuscripts over the years, many during the noveling month of November. My typical approach to writing is commonly referred to as "flying by the seat of your pants," and although this may work in short doses, it is much harder to sustain in novel form. In the past I avoided the traditional outline, with its spontaneity-crushing fascism, convinced it was a tool Continue Reading...

New short fiction for 99 cents

Since the Amazon Kindle reader is the most popular ebook reader, according to Lifehacker and a variety of polls, I've published a few short fiction pieces at Amazon for only 99¢ each, in the hopes of attracting new readers to my forthcoming novel, Naked Montreal. If you're interested in reading some of my new digital works, for a crazy-low price, check out some of my latest erotica Continue Reading...

Let’s write novels together: NaNoWriMo 2011

Happy National Novel Writing Month! Every year I debate whether or not to join the fray on this 30-day writing marathon, which I have participated in—and won!—in the past. This year I've come up with a title for a potential novel, but I haven't done any actual writing or brainstorming thus far. It's only day 4, which means I can still get up to speed if I apply myself on the 1,667 words Continue Reading...

Save Dorothy Parker’s childhood home

I'm a member of the Dorothy Parker Society, thanks to my undying love for DP's poetry, short fiction and literary criticism. In the Society's recent newsletter, founder Kevin C. Fitzpatrick urged members to join him in a letter-writing campaign to save one of the divine Ms. Parker's childhood homes, which is currently slated for demolition. I took his request seriously, and sent a version of his Continue Reading...

Pop music ruins your brain, but so does contemporary classical pap

“What came first – the music or the misery? Did I listen to the music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to the music?" —Nick Hornby, High Fidelity As you may have guessed from the aforementioned quote and the title of this post, I agree partially with this post on Jane Friedman's blog by Porter Anderson: pop music will ruin your brain, and you should remove it Continue Reading...