The Journal: Nora Roberts (AKA JD Robb)

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Missing the Point * Nora Roberts (AKA JD Robb) * Of Interest Quotes of the Day “So who do I listen to? I listen to the characters–and myself. If I listened to the readers I’d go slowly mad as it’s impossible to please all as one readers says this, another says that. Often with equal passion.” Nora Roberts on readers’ opinions “[T]he big (and simple) and sweeping thing is this: If I didn’t think of it, I’m not going to write it.” Nora Roberts in response to “Can I share my … Read more

The Journal: Virtual 5-Week Serial Killer Course

In today’s Journal * Virtual 5-Week Serial Killer Course * Of Interest Hey folks, I hadn’t planned to post anything today, but this is relatively short notice of what I expect will be an extremely interesting online course, so I wanted to get it out to you. Be forewarned, I’m suggesting that you can learn something about writing from any very accomplished professional writer even if she doesn’t write in your genre. Don’t be genre-phobic. This online course is delivered by Zoom and presented by true-crime writer Sue Coletta. I can’t imagine a better instructor for this topic or in … 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: A Turning Point

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * A Lot in “Of Interest” Today * A Turning Point * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “For me, the witchcraft that is writing rarely rises to the front of my mind. When it does, I seem to screw up. I go to work, pound out words and pages, and somehow, when it’s all over, I’ve got a finished manuscript.” John Gilstrap “A good friend will help you move, but a true friend will help you move a body.” Steven J. Daniels, Weeds in The Garden of Love … Read more

The Journal: An Inane Quote

In today’s Journal * Quote of the Day * An Inane Quote * A lot to see * Of Interest * The Numbers Quote of the Day (an inanity) “Everything is a decision.” Matthew Salesses in Craft in the Real World (as noted in an article in “Of Interest”) What a stupid, inane quote. The problem is, we’re talking about two different “real worlds” here. Granted, in the real world of timid, frightened, uncertain writers—a world that is admittedly much larger than the world in which I reside—certainly everything from character “development” to setting to scenes and plot points is … Read more

The Journal: Just Checking In

In today’s Journal * Just Checking In * Corona Model 3 Folding Typewriter * Of Interest * The Numbers ​​​ I’m not back, but I thought I’d check in. Hope this finds all of you well and writing your fingers to the bone. I’m showing up at the desk every day, hitting all my usual blogs, etc. and attempting to open the right valves to let the fiction flow. So I’m here. If any of you need anything, email me. When I’ve put enough time in the chair to know it isn’t going to happen for at least one more … Read more

The Journal: Writing Routines

In today’s Journal * Writing Ritual and Routine * Of Interest * The Numbers​​​ Writing Ritual and Routine Over on TKZ today, Sue Coletta posted an article on writing ritual and routine. Interesting post, and she asked toward the end about others’ rituals and routines. I thought mine would make a good post over here on the Journal. I rise at 2 or 3 a.m. (I take my 6-8 hours from a different part of the day), grab a mugga coffee, and walk about 150 feet to my Hovel, an adobe shack with 3-foot thick walls. That gives me the … Read more

The Journal: David Farland and a Royal Model O Typewriter

In today’s Journal * Quote of the Day * David Farland * Royal Model O * Of Interest * The Numbers Quote of the Day “[E]ventually the character’s story demands to be told in full.” David Farland If you get David Farland’s newsletter, you recently received one titled “Writing Your Series, Part 3.” But if you go to Farland’s Writing Tips blog, it doesn’t seem to be up yet. Actually, it is. So are Parts 1 through 6. But they were originally written in 2014. So to see the entire series of posts on “Writing Your Series,” visit There … Read more

The Journal: Sigh. Regarding “Deep” POV

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Topic: Sigh. Regarding “Deep” POV * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them they’ve been fooled.” Mark Twain “It’s far easier to talk about doing something than to actually do it.” Harvey Stanbrough Topic: Sigh. Regarding So-Called (for now) “Deep” POV In today’s “Of Interest” there’s a link to a long article about writing in “deep POV.” If I’ve ever heard an academic term, it’s that one. (However, I listed the link and left it there. If you get something … Read more

The Journal: Working and Having Fun

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Yesterday * Topic: About Writing as “Work” * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “[P]eople pay good money to get on a rollercoaster to be stressed and thrilled and have fun. That’s writing every novel for me.” Dean Wesley Smith “I enjoy writing as well as having written. I enjoy finding my story as I go, figuring it out, and putting it down for myself, and no one else.” Joe R. Lansdale Yesterday quickly turned into a non-writing day as my wife and I (mostly my wife) filtered … Read more