The Journal: On Setting, Pseudonym, and Reparations

In today’s Journal * Writing Setting * Using Pseudonyms * On Reparations * Of Interest Writing Setting I received a question about writing setting: In describing the setting, how much is too much and how much is too little? First, you, the writer, describe nothing. You have a point of view (POV) character. He or she will describe the setting, albeit through your fingers. 1, Anything the POV character sees, hears, smells, tastes or feels, physically or emotionally, should make it onto the page. Nothing the POV character sees, hears, smells, tastes or feels, physically or emotionally, is too much. … Read more

The Journal: A Little More on Goals and Myths and My Goal

In today’s Journal * Quote of the Day * Going Back * A Little More on Goals and Myths * My Writing Goal for 2022 * Of Interest * The Numbers Quote of the Day “[C]ritical voice is non-existent for me. I just do the very best I can every time and release and move on.” Dean Wesley Smith Going back to the earlier delivery time. I enjoy writing this in the morning and then reporting fiction the next day. Reporting the same day adds pressure, and nobody needs that. (grin) I should have known better than to mess with … Read more

The Journal: Alison Naomi Holt and Robert J. Sadler

In today’s Journal * Thanks for the input * Alison Naomi Holt * Robert J. Sadler * Yesterday * Of Interest * The Numbers Thanks to everyone who gave me input re my fairly recent announcement that I was considering writing nonfiction books on all my mentoring subtopics. I even thought about doing a Kickstarter for the series. I appreciate the input, but I’ve decided against doing that, at least for now, and at least as a series. It would take too much time away from my fiction, and really, that’s where I live and breathe. Besides, the mentorships, personalized … Read more

The Journal: “Hallelujah” and Cover Art

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * If I may wax * I knew better * Someone asked me * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “I will be glad to see 2021 arrive so I can get back to getting back to being uninterrupted by all the crapfulessness going on.” Anonymous Me too, brother. Me too. “Yet another reason to prioritize writing: Probably nobody ever has broken an arm while at the keyboard.” My tongue-in-cheek version of being ‘supportive’ to a writer friend who broke her arm while doing something other than writing “I did my best, … Read more

The Daily Journal, Wednesday, August 7

In today’s Journal * Last Saturday * Topic: I Rescind My Topic Statement * Daily diary * Of Interest * The numbers Last Saturday, August 3rd, I wrote about flash fiction. A respondent from Japan and I have been exchanging comments on that post. In one of them he metioned “100 Word Story” at Interesting website. That put me in mind of 55 Story, a book I bought a long time ago that started me writing flash fiction. You can find the current edition here. If you’re interested in writing flash fiction, I recommend the following (though all of … Read more

The Daily Journal, Friday, June 21

In today’s Journal * Well, crap * Nothing much * Topic: Inanities and Definitions * Daily diary * Of Interest * The numbers The PWW post from yesterday posted today at 9 a.m. So I guess eventually the post for today will post. Maybe tomorrow. Whenever. In the meantime, I encourage you to check each day to see what’s new. *** Nothing much of real value to write about today, and nothing much for “Of Interest” either. And I’m not in a good mood, primarily owing to my own stupidly high expectations. So the following is what you get … Read more

The Daily Journal, Friday, June 7

In today’s Journal * So I don’t forget * Those of you wno follow * One commenter * The Hovel and an ethernet switch * Topic: An Admission * Daily diary * Of Interest * The numbers So I don’t forget to tell you, a buddy and I are going camping this coming Monday through Wednesday. If I have time between now and then I’ll write and pre-post something good with topics for those days. If not, well, I’ll be back. (grin) Maybe. *** Those of you wno follow Pro Writers Writing might have noticed yesterday the wrong post (the … Read more

The Daily Journal, Monday, June 3

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Thanks * A new goal * Topic: On Sharing and Copyright * Daily diary * Of Interest * The numbers Quotes of the Day “They say ‘write what you know,’ which frankly I just find a dull truism. I say, write what you write. Write what engages you. What you know will just shine through.” Sean Monaghan “Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable … Read more