literature, writing

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Self-Publishing

At this point, I've published over 10 books by self-publishing through Amazon. I'm by no means an expert, and I'm not sure anyone really is with how quickly things change. But, I've learned some lessons the hard way. This is a list of the 10 things I wish I knew before self-publishing. 1. Platform Doesn't… Continue reading 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Self-Publishing

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art, literature, writing

Social Media’s Negative Effect on Prose Style

I've noticed this strange trend in the prose style of novels, and I've wondered why it's happening. I finally realized that the prevalence of social media is almost certainly the culprit. I won't try to write a whole thesis on the history of this type of thing, but I think it's pretty commonly accepted that… Continue reading Social Media’s Negative Effect on Prose Style

art, literature, writing

Found Clunkers, Part 1

I often find some really bad sentences in books I read. I wanted to start a series in which we look at why they are bad and how to fix them. Unfortunately, I'm a bit stuck on how to proceed. I really want this blog to lift up excellent books and art. I don't want… Continue reading Found Clunkers, Part 1

art, literature, writing

Less is Awesome

I'm abandoning the embarrassment of having a "...is awesome" set of posts. If I find awesome stuff, I want to share it. Less is a novel by Andrew Sean Greer, and it won the Pulitzer Prize this year. I've been steering clear of prizewinners over the past few years, because the politics of who wins… Continue reading Less is Awesome

art, film, literature, physics, writing

Why It Works: Primer

A series in which I oversimplify one concept from a work of literature to make you a better writer. Time travel sucks as a genre. It's a bit of a pet peeve of mine. Yes, the whole genre. Everyone knows about the grandfather paradox: if you travel back in time and kill your grandfather before… Continue reading Why It Works: Primer

art, literature, writing

On Doubts and Taste in Books

Doubt is a good thing when you're a writer. It's an important part of everyone's journey. I don't want to speak in absolutes, but if you've never doubted the greatness of your work, then it's probably not very good. You probably haven't grown much as a writer. Doubt comes in waves. It happens a lot… Continue reading On Doubts and Taste in Books

literature

Free Book on Style

If you've been coming here awhile, then you're probably somewhat interested in prose style. I've turned some of my blog posts and personal notes from the past ten years of doing this into a short (Kindle) e-book. They've been edited and expanded with examples, so nothing should be an exact replica of what you've read… Continue reading Free Book on Style