Writing in the Time of Covid

I don’t know about all of you, but since the Covid-19 pandemic has engulfed the world my writing output has suffered. I want to write. I really want to write. But, some evenings, all I accomplish is staring at an empty page. In the last month, I’ve finally started to come out of my productivity […]

What’s It Like To Take A Long Intensive Writing Course?

ballpen and journal on desk

My Contemporary Dark Fiction writing and reading class is finally over. Well, almost over. I still have a couple assignments to turn in and I owe critiques on my classmates’ stories. Want to know what it was like? Is a class like this something for you? Read on to find out. I will have 4 […]

August 2019 Patron Story Preview – Sort of

Go Towards the Light at the End of the Hall by J. W. Donley

Okay, so here’s the deal. I don’t have a preview ready yet. I have a draft but it is not yet ready to share. But don’t despair! It will be worth the wait. Trust me. Here’s the gist of the story. A recent college graduate is struggling to pay rent on her portrait studio. She […]

The Update – June 2019

The Prop Skulls

Lately I seem to have been more busy than usual. Between work, writing projects, and life in general I didn’t have the time to put together a blog post for last week. I don’t really have the time for this week either, so I figured I would put together a little update on my creative […]

Editing is Better Than Writing, Fight Me!

Editing Is Better Than Writing Title Image

Yeah! I said it. Editing is better than writing. Deal with it! Seriously though, writing a first draft is like pulling teeth. Coaxing words from the lump of gray matter up there is torture. I’m sure most writers love the serendipitous fuzzy feeling they get from the act of creation, and I’ve gotten it occasionally […]

Top Five Reasons to Join a Writing Group

Thinking about joining a righting group? Well, you should and here are the top five reasons why. 1. Get Social Writing is a solitary activity and most of us writers are fairly introverted. I don’t know about you, but a night in with a movie and a bag of cheddar popcorn so much more appealing […]

March 2019 Patron Story Preview – Cutter’s Daughter

Black Cat

Here is a preview of next month’s patron story.. All $3+ patrons signed up by the end of February will get the full story on Friday March, 8th, and will get a brand new story every month after that (as long as they remain $3+ patrons). Also, the next 3 patrons who sign up for […]

Music for Writing Horror

Audio Cassette Tape

Sometimes when I write I need a little music to help me set the tone of my story. Some people like to listen to white noise or ocean sounds, but I write stories that are a bit dark. Whale noises and static aren’t going to cut it for me. I like to listen to something […]

Joe’s Writing Tips: Writer’s Block and How I Destroyed It

Typewriter with a screaming skull on top of it.

I’ve seen some authors claim that writer’s block does not exist. I don’t buy it though. Not one bit. Writer’s block is real and it sucks! There are times when I feel like I’m in a groove. Then there are times when a blank screen stares me in the face, taunting me and my lack […]

2018: A Review

My Son Heading to the Next Rise on the Skyline Divide Trail

2018 has been an eventful year for my family and I. Subsequently, now that it’s coming to a close, I wanted to reflect on some of my family, hiking, and writing adventures. Family Adventures! My wife’s, favorite place to visit is the Pacific Coast. Whenever we can, we like to take little weekend trips to […]