Agent Pitches & Elizabeth Gilbert on Writing

Agent Pitches & Elizabeth Gilbert on Writing

Last week, I did a pitch to an agent during a writers’ conference. I’d sweated like a stevedore over preparing my first query letter and honed my first page to what I thought was not cringe-inducing. All bright and eager, I sat myself down in front of the...
Becoming redeemed, writerly speaking

Becoming redeemed, writerly speaking

I’ve gutted my manuscript from 129,000 words to 60,000 by cutting out one major story line. Let me tell you, that was like opening a vein with no sutures in sight. For six weeks, I didn’t touch the draft, because it was worse than starting over. It’s...
Poe Wisdom – Originality

Poe Wisdom – Originality

This daguerreotype of Edgar Allen Poe was made four days after he tried to commit suicide after his wife’s death, by overdosing on opiates.The remedy for his grief didn’t work, but helped augment his reputation as an odd duck. No one could deny that the...
Remembering Desiderata

Remembering Desiderata

It seems we’re always rushing, rushing. Glancing at our watches or smartphones to know the time. Yet, we complain there aren’t enough hours in the day to do what we have planned. And we tumble into a vortex governed by seconds, minutes and hours while...
Take it up a Notch with Digital Storytelling

Take it up a Notch with Digital Storytelling

I signed up for another excellent online course offered by Future Learn. Digital Storytelling takes students through the why, what and how of using video or other visual media to tell stories. While the focus is on short films, the lessons on what is story, the...
Harlan Ellison – Pay the Writer!

Harlan Ellison – Pay the Writer!

I had lunch with a friend on Friday and we got to talking about how hard it is to build a viable author platform because of all the ‘noise’ generated by social media. Twitter feeds, Facebook, Mention, Instagram, Tumblr, blogs, Google+, LinkedIn, Buffer,...