Watching the Brain Eater Rage Within His Gilded Cage

"You’re far too self-aware to fall victim to the Brain Eater." That’s what my therapist told me the other day when I was angsting about watching yet another of my favorite artists fall victim to their own id and swerve deep into unpleasant territory. And what with the Louis CK discourse of the day, this […]

Meme: Thirty Questions About Writing

I decided to do the Writer’s Thirty Questions! Is there a specific drink you like to have when you’re writing? Coffee, hot, with one level teaspoon of sugar and one tablespoon of milk. What time of day do you think is the best to write? I used to write best at night, but these days […]

How To Break A Closed Heart: Seanan McGuire’s “Every Heart a Doorway”

This isn’t a book review of Seanan McGuire’s beautiful book Every Heart a Doorway. I can’t do the book justice. You’ll just have to read it. You have to. The book is about Eleanor West’s Home For Wayward Children, a school for children whose parents are at their wits’ ends, because their children seem irredeemably […]

Give your character false goals at first.

David Mamet’s new "Masterclass" is being promoted as a hot new "learn how to write" on-line class. I’ve watched some of Mamet’s work over the years and I am indeed a fan of some of it, but I’ve also learned through the years that his formula doesn’t work for me. Mamet’s most famous piece on […]

I never have perfect ideas, but I often write good stories!

Imposter syndrome is one of those things that haunts me as a writer (and probably a lot of other writers as well). Recently, there have been a few articles that have made my imposter syndrome ever sharper, and Jo Eberhardt, who I usually admire, wrote a piece on writing that made my anxiety flare ever […]

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