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Writing the Universal Human Exprience (August 14, 2021)

Writers tend to assume their own personal human experience is the universal one. More »

Twitter Isn't Real Life (August 7, 2021)

Reading popular novels published in recent years has often felt like reading Twitter. More »

Cut Agents and Editors Some Slack (July 17, 2021)

Individual agents and editors don't deserve vulgar attacks on their intelligence or integrity. More »

Constraints on Innovation in Fiction: Reflections on The Lady's Maid's Bell and The Haunting of Hill House (May 2, 2021)

Because expectations for horror have been so thoroughly solidified by Stephen King and slasher flicks, the unfortunate truth is neither of these classic and innovative stories could be published today. More »

Writing Delightful Twists (April 5, 2021)

A good twist is like a delightful magic trick. More »

280 Characters (March 24, 2021)

OMG I'm SCREAMING I'm CRYING I'm DESPERATE I'm OBSESSED let's play a game everyone tell me what you think of me, go! More »

The Inaccessibility of Publishing (March 7, 2021)

I have to say the querying process for writers seeking traditional publication is terribly inaccessible to all but the top few percent of neurotypical, highly educated, computer-savvy writers. And the problems are too big for a single literary agent to fix. More »

Writers, Count Your Blessings (February 28, 2021)

The vast majority of writers probably have privileged lives, because we wouldn't have been able to become writers otherwise. Yet despite our enviable advantages, and the fact we're fortunate enough to have the tools and time to pursue our dreams, somehow we became the whiniest, most self-pitying group of professionals I've seen on the internet. More »

Thoughts on the Women's Fiction Label (February 8, 2021)

Let's be honest about what people are thinking when they call a book Women's Fiction: it's bland fluff of inferior quality. More »

Finding Joy in Imperfection and Obscurity (December 31, 2020)

The arts enrich our lives, but they've never enriched our wallets, and they never will. So yes, we must indeed write for personal fulfillment instead of money, or the foolish pursuit of commercial success will poison our art and our sanity. More »