Should You Outline Your Next Novel?

I don’t write a ton of stuff on literary craft here. (I haven’t blogged a whole lot period in the last couple of months, I know.) But the Twitter chat I had with Ann B. Gelder, who spends a lot more time blogging about craft than I do, should prove of some interest to those… Continue reading Should You Outline Your Next Novel?

I Started Writing My Book About A Mass Shooting 13 Mass Shootings Ago

Yesterday, I checked on when I’d started working on my new book. Turns out that its inception date, under the title The Uninvited Guest (the first and least inspired of its many titles), is March 3rd, 2014. The novel doesn’t depend on suspense, so it’s not a spoiler to tell you that the story climaxes with a mass… Continue reading I Started Writing My Book About A Mass Shooting 13 Mass Shootings Ago

Rolling the Odometer Over

I haven’t spoken much about my new book project, and you’ll get no grand revelations today either. It may please you to know however that the first draft has just passed the 40,000 word mark. What’s the book about? These links will provide clues. https://vadoc.virginia.gov/facilities/central/fluvanna/ http://www.haydenplanetarium.org/tyson/ http://www.biography.com/people/charles-julius-guiteau-235814 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/the-confessions/