January 3, 2021

6 Steps for Organizing a New Novel

I’ve never had trouble coming up with ideas, but I’ve experienced years of pain trying to find a way to corral them into novel form. So, now that I’ve finally found a process that is […]
June 6, 2020

Discovered: Bram Stoker’s Research for Dracula

The London Library has discovered fascinating evidence of the research books Bram Stoker drew inspiration from during his seven-year writing of Dracula. I confess to being a little surprised by his scholarly approach and to […]
September 21, 2019

Twitter Chats for Writers

I love the company of fellow writers. No one understands the struggle, the exhilaration, the fascination with craft, the sheer obsession required to be a writer better than a fellow writer. But writers are geographically […]
August 1, 2019

The 4-Weekend Novel

Theoretically, it’s possible to write either before or after working your day job. In reality, I find it incredibly hard to switch between the two different mind sets within the same day if I’m rough […]
January 4, 2016

The World of Workshop Packets

There are only three days left until I leave for Vermont College of Fine Arts, and I feel so behind, despite starting on the to-do list a month ago! It doesn’t help that I’m house-hunting […]
December 3, 2015


Last month I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to apply for an MFA. But unlike sensible people who apply to several colleges, I only applied to one — Vermont College of Fine Arts.
September 4, 2011

The Key to Writing a Fast First Draft: The Breakout Premise

Maybe you’re one of those divinely inspired Mozartian writers who take dictation from a higher power, but most of the rest of us have to spend some time on preparation in order to write a […]
August 20, 2011

Social Media: Writer’s Aid or Addiction?

Those of you who connect with me on social networks know I’ve maintained a very active online presence for some years, but I recently had a moment of clarity about the impact it was having […]
August 4, 2011

How A Novel-in-Verse Amps Up Emotional Insight

Can the novel-in-verse do something traditional prose novels can’t?