July is approaching which means I’m about to release part 2 of Gustav Floats (a short story) for my $3+ patrons. Here is an enticing preview to lure you in. This is the second part of the first story of two which feature a patron of mine. Don’t you want to find out what happens to them? You don’t want… Read more →
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 happenings. Preparing for Story Submission… Read more →
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 as well, but, if I… Read more →
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 than attending a college kegger.… Read more →
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 the $3+ tier will have… Read more →
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 heavier and/or a bit ‘off-kilter’.… Read more →
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 of word output. My Solution… Read more →
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 visit. On one of these… Read more →
It is time for my monthly writing update. January was a month of regaining momentum. After writing the first draft of a novel in November, I spent much of December mostly avoiding writing. With the new year I’ve been slowly easing back into my writing projects. Writing Group Earlier this month the writing critique group at Village Books here in… Read more →
In it he said this:
I have one rule with characters. I have to know what they’re not telling anybody. If I know what they’re not telling anybody, I really know who they are.
This is great stuff, and is something I need to keep in mind myself for my own writing.
Learn more about Justin Cronin and his writing here: http://enterthepassage.com/