The Journal: Recognizing the Critical Voice

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * I expect the novel will wrap today * Topic: Recognizing the Critical Voice * Of Interest * The Numbers I had a pretty good day of writing yesterday once I pried my head out of my butt and realized what was screwing me up: the conscious, critical mind. It’s always the conscious, critical mind. Always. Every time. As an added bonus, I think the novel’s going to wrap today. All that was required was that I stop worrying about it. Can’t believe I made such a rookie mistake. (grin) I even … Read more

The Journal: Conscious Mind

In today’s Journal * Quote of the Day * Conscious Mind * Of Interest * The Numbers Quote of the Day “We can’t solve poverty or hunger, but we’re going to solve global warming. Think about that.” Anonymous, from a meme Well, sometime or other I slipped from thinking it would be nice personally to finish 6 novels in the first quarter of the year to “trying” to make it happen. That’s conscious mind crap. And as a result, I had a non-writing day yesterday, the second one for this novel. I actually wrote probably 5,000 words yesterday in fits … Read more

The Journal: On Ernest Hemingway

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Prompted by the first post * 10 Steps to Becoming a Writer * Another good-enough day * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every day when you are writing a novel you will never be stuck.” Ernest Hemingway “I learned not to think about anything that I was writing from the time I stopped writing until I started again the next day. That way … Read more

The Journal: Do Poets Outline?

In today’s Journal * Topic: Do Poets Outline? * A great day of writing * Of Interest * The Numbers Topic: Do Poets Outline? The short answer will probably be a snort and “No.” But of course there are some very long poems out there too. I’ve personally written some very long poems. For me, the answer was still no. This question came up because a long-time writer, personal friend, and fellow adherent of Heinlein’s Rules and writing into the dark is as stymied as I regarding why some folks depend on outlines. In addition to novels, like me, my … Read more

The Journal: Nothing Much Today

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Nothing much today * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.” George Bernard Shaw Nothing much today in the Journal. I’m kind’a concentrating on getting the novel done and out. So nothing bad going on, just writing. If I’m not here for the next day or two, that’s why. Well, the novel’s writing a little slower again and I’m a little nervous about it because the end is nowhere in sight. I guess … Read more

The Journal: The world is chock full

In today’s Journal * The world is chock full * Free lecture * A recent lightning strike * A good day of writing * The Numbers The world is chock full of people who are willing to teach you how to write fiction but have never written so much as one short story or novel themselves. Think about that. The same people who smile smugly and would never sign up for an international money transfer from an obscure Nigerian Prince rush out to buy books on how to write fiction from people who’ve never written fiction. It’s exactly the same … Read more

The Journal: Update on Heinlein’s Rules Stuff

In today’s Journal * Update on Heinlein’s Rules Stuff * From B&N Press *  Nothing in “Of Interest” today * The Numbers You’ll remember my recent 5-post treatise on Heinlein’s Rules, which was based on the actual responses I provided to a series of questions from another writer. If you missed it, you can find the first post at I provided that series while maintaining the author’s anonymity, but now she’s outed herself. Becca Publisi, the person who interviewed me about Heinlein’s Rules and then decided not to use (most of) the interview emailed me again yesterday. She needed … Read more

The Journal: The Internet, blah blah blah

In today’s Journal * The Internet, blah blah blah * I won’t be trashing * The Numbers My internet was down earlier today. Add to that the fact that I was under the weather last night and didn’t wake up until after 5 this morning, and I’m just not in a good mood. But the internet—well, the wind blew a little, and it rained a little (less than a half-inch spread out over 8 or 10 hours). Of course, neither wind nor rain have anything whatsoever to do with electricity and the signals it carries as long as the latter … Read more

The Journal: Statement by the ALA

In today’s Journal * Oof. The novel * Topic: Freedom to Read Statement * The Numbers Well, no Journal yesterday (my novel and I were arguing) and not much of one today. Sorry about that. Oof. This novel’s being difficult. This one is writing harder than any since way back in the Wes Crowley series when I wrote Book 3 as a bridge between Books 2 and 4. That one was difficult for a reason, though. I had to merge two timelines. Honestly, I’m not sure why this one’s being difficult. Anyway, I haven’t hit my daily word count goal … Read more

The Journal: A “New” Computer and Logging a Day

In today’s Journal * Free Hour-Long Lecture * A “new” computer * Logging a Day * The Numbers Free Hour-Long Lecture I updated yesterday’s Journal a little late. So in case some of you missed it yesterday, to register for a free hour-long lecture titled “The First Twenty Pages — How to Win Over Agents, Editors, & Readers in Just Twenty Pages,” click It’s free, so it’s worth checking out. I registered, and I’ve also since learned the lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 24, at 2pm ET and 11am PT. But just as a reminder, you really … Read more