In Disguise

Sam, I’ve written before about what it means to live as a writer. I wish to return to this subject and speak about how easy it is to blend in to your surroundings as a scribe. I can sit at most any place at most any time and nobody would be the wiser of what…

Be a Filter, Not a Sponge

Sam, You only have to participate in one writing critique group to understand the vital importance of being a filter, not a sponge. The phrase “everyone is a critic” may as well be engraved on the tombstone of every artist because . . . everyone really is a critic. When it comes to art, every opinion matters…

Take Some Advice with a Grain of Salt

Sam, As I’ve been working on Project Stripes, the primary novel receiving most of my attention, I am constantly thinking back to what I read in Stephen King’s Memoir On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. King wrote about drafting his stories and his writing process, among other things, and I was completely enthralled by…

Regarding ‘On Writing’ by Stephen King

  Dear Sam, (btw, I thought I should remind new readers that “Sam” stands for “Somebody who Ain’t Me.” So that’s what I mean by “dear Sam.” Just FYI) Sit back, if ya like, because I’m going to going off the wall about how great a book On Writing is for prospective, new, and seasoned…