November 9, 2016

If you’re friends with me on social media, you probably already know: I’ve had some excitement recently.

And by “excitement” I don’t mean my daughter’s broken arm or the fact that one of the ad campaigns I helped birth caught the eye of John Grisham (yes, THAT John Gris...

October 4, 2016


I took a writing workshop by Story Engineering creator Larry Brooks that completely summarized my novel-writing experience. He said that deciding to write a book is...

August 10, 2016

The ultimate how-to-write-a-thriller from the ultimate thriller authors.

(Have I mentioned that James Patterson was a copywriter before he became a novelist? True story.)

May 25, 2016

Alas, Procrastination, I know ye well.


Despite my best intentions, I sometimes find myself doing things that don't exactly hasten my progress on the next novel. 


Here's a partial list of ways I dilly dally:


1. Working. 


2. Thinking about working. 


3. Res...

May 20, 2016

Updike is spot-on that being an unrepentant bookophile is essential to good writing. But once you've written that Great American Novel (or in my case, the Not Too Shabby American Mystery), there are some other resources that might come in handy. 

Here, then, is my semi-...

May 7, 2016



I’ve found that writing a novel is sort of like getting serious about a guy. As soon as you tell people, the questions start rolling in.


Where can I buy your book?


What do you mean it isn’t published yet?


Okay, so what exactly does an agent do?


What’s the big deal ab...

May 1, 2016

Maybe this should become my theme song? 




April 15, 2016

Oh look. It's almost time to Revise. Again.  



April 4, 2016




I’m not a fan of the spotlight.


That was actually one of the main appeals of becoming a writer. I could hide in the wings, writing dialogue for the actors to perform onstage, waiting for someone to call out, “Line?!” before I crawled back to the greenroom and the co...

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