Category Archives: On writing

My newest pet peeve

It’s starting to really bug me when people say they’re not creative enough. When people say that, I hear “I’m too lazy” or “I’m too afraid of what others think of me.”

Get over it! If you want to be creative, just BE CREATIVE. Try things and learn. Either be comfortable with yourself, or pick a more appropriate excuse.

End of rant. Thank you.

Writing groups

While writing is great, if you want an audience to read your work and receive it well, rewriting is king. It’s also where all the magic really happens. And if you’re into rewriting, joining or starting a writing group is a great idea.

Now, some forms of writing work better than others for this but I think that all writing in general can benefit from having some critical feedback, which is what the group provides.

Think about it. As I have time, I intend to follow up this post with a few more getting into the how’s and why’s of being in a writing group. It’ll be fun.

The process and my iPhone.

What is the process of writing? Is there good or bad form to this topic? I’ve been thinking a lot about this, as I try to settle down from the recent release of “The Last Spelling Bee” and concentrate a little on the future. But I suppose I need a bit of reflection, too. So, pardon me if I ramble for a little bit.

Little known fact: almost every single poem in my latest collection was written on my iPhone while in bed, late at night, my wife sleeping next to me and my cat perched on my chest. I wrote like this because it was the easiest way to fit writing into my schedule. I’d scribble thoughts into the WordPress app, sync it with a WordPress blog (I will keep it’s location secret, so that people still think I have a gift for writing), turn it off and grab some shuteye. This allowed me to write a poem a day for several months, and also allowed me to look at what I had written on a full-fledged computer monitor in the morning.

So I suppose my answer is no. I don’t think there’s a wrong way to write. Back in Junior High and High School, I’d keep a thesaurus by my side constantly while writing. I also wrote the most stilted and uncomfortable language ever. I’ve since really tried to write conversationally, to mixed effect.

My advice: write. It doesn’t matter if you have pen or pencil, keyboard or touchscreen, typewriter or hammer and chisel. It doesn’t matter if it’s breakfast, lunch, or sleep-time. If you want to write, JUST DO IT. You’ll be glad you did.