The current news cycle folds over upon itself like a Möbius strip: a news cycle about the news. One Brian Williams, who played the role of Suity McHaircut on the popular sitcom […]
“You have to pay your dues.” It’s the most maddening, worthless, ambiguous reply we receive when we ask grizzled veterans what we need to do to become working writers. It isn’t just […]
“James, here’s the secret to sound editing,” my boss said, and he pushed away from his workbench. “Some editors will get a scene of a building exploding. After the explosion, a feather […]
At some point we’ve all been told that to write effectively we need to get our emotions down on the page. This advice likely came from a well-meaning teacher, or perhaps a […]
You like to write. Perhaps you keep a journal where you write your thoughts down, take a stab at a poem now and then, or even tinker with a short story or […]
I’ll write anytime and anywhere. I’ve written on legal pads, receipts, in the margins of periodicals, really on whatever scratch paper was handy. I’ve even written on my cellphone in a pinch.
Building any career is a challenge, but a career in the arts is twice as challenging. Why? Because on one hand one has to develop his or her craft, and on the […]
The worst day of my writing life was attending a Kurt Vonnegut lecture entitled “How To Get A Job Like Mine.” Great title, right? I couldn’t wait for the big man to […]
“Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed.” -Ray Bradbury I come in contact with a lot of aspiring writers, mostly via social media. You can’t swing the […]
I met Kurt Vonnegut once. Don’t be too impressed with my brush with greatness: I paid a week’s wages for the privilege.