“. . . a chasing after the wind.”

Sam, Icebergs have always symbolized a goal, habit, or lifestyle someone wishes to have. I get a lot of “oh, I’d love to write a book!” when people find out I’m a writer. That mentality is the top of the iceberg, not even a quarter of its mass. It’s the stuff below that truly separates…

What’s It About?!

Sam, This piece of advice may need to go without being said, but I’ll talk about it anyway. It deals with that simple question in the title. To most non-writer/non-artists, asking “What’s it about?!” may seem like the natural way of expressing interest in whatever the artists is doing. This may be true in concept….

Timing is a B*tch

Sam, I would say there are two kinds of writers: those who detail their woes without being asked and those who wait to be asked by others. I’m not going to say which one is better or worse. However, I cannot ignore when Stephen King once called writers “the secret agents” of the world. We…

Like It’s the First Time

Sam, Is it possible to read the same book, watch the same movie, do the same action repeatedly without getting bored with it? If the answer could ever be no, then those of us who comb the content of the stories we love with more scrutiny than our own history books are in trouble. It’s…

A Spark in the Dark

Sam, I wanted to take a moment to recognize a small success in my writing career, a career that–until yesterday–I had nothing substantial to show for. I have been accepted to attend the Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference: May 17-20, 2018! This comes as a supremely welcome surprise. The piece I submitted was ten pages…

Eleven Years Ago . . .

Sam, Eleven years ago, I started writing seriously. Eleven years ago, I was halfway through middle school, bolting to class early to savor those extra five minutes in my own world. Eleven years ago, I didn’t have an agent. Eleven years ago, I wasn’t published. . . . . . . I’m still not. But…

The Author’s Platform

Sam, I think I have neglected to address to you an important piece of why I want to publish my novel Project Stripes. It deals with the author’s platform, a hard to define term agents and publishers want to know about when being queried. What I understand: the platform is my ability to sell my…

Writing for Me, Writing for You

Sam, Something has crossed my mind the more research and thought I put into what makes a good book and what makes that good book sell. This boils down to the pivotal question: should an author (new or seasoned) write the stories they want or what is popular/what readers will buy? What, in part, made…

Losing is Better?

Sam (Someone who Ain’t Me), When playing board games with friends the other week, I struggled to stay in the game while my competitors grew in power and sought alliances with each other to work against me. But no matter how sorely I lost or struggled through the game, I realized something about myself. Losing…