As some of you may remember, late last year I signed with a literary agent. I blogged about how very difficult the process is of securing an agent, and you can read that post here. I'm sorry to say that things didn't work out with that particular agent, and what happened with him and his … Continue reading Finding An Agent: Back to the Beginning
I recently read Stephen King’s On Writing for the first time. Everyone knows that King is a wildly successful writer, and there’s that perennial question of whether he’s actually a good writer. (Yes, bad writers can be wildly successful, witness Dan Brown, who is a horrific writer.) I’ll confess that I’ve only read one of … Continue reading A Writer’s Question: To Plot or Not to Plot?
A little over two years ago, I posted a piece called “I Tweet, Therefore I Am,” in which I bemoaned the current state of publishing, swore of self-publishing forever, and argued that it didn’t make sense for someone to build an online presence before he or she had produced something to promote (e.g., a novel). … Continue reading Perseverance: A Writer’s Virtue, or: How to Get to ‘Yes’
Anyone who gets updates on my blog knows that I haven’t posted anything in a while, and I’m here to say that I’m not going to post anything for a while longer (except for this, of course). There are three reasons for this, two practical, and one ideological. The first, more mundane reason is that … Continue reading I Tweet, Therefore I Am
I chose “writing as life” as the title for this series because if you’re truly a writer, the work becomes your life. It’s clichéd but true: You write because you have to. It’s a compulsion, a need deep down inside. If you do it—that is, put words together, tell stories, work with language, try to … Continue reading Committed: Writing as Life, Part I: History
"Write with blood, and you will experience that blood is spirit." --Nietzsche. This is my entry for a blog hop (sounds like a drunk frog) called “Why I Write.” It was Drew Chial who tagged me in his excellent entry, so you can blame him. Origins I do two kinds of writing: academic (philosophical essays, … Continue reading WHY I WRITE
Narratives and Our Ways of Knowing Part I: Plato’s Dialogues The question of knowledge is a very old problem, going back to the ancients. What we can know about the world, and how we know it, is a huge puzzle. Now, we all love to tell stories, to tell people about things that have happened … Continue reading Narratives and Our Ways of Knowing Part I: Plato’s Dialogues