The First Novel

So I finished the novel I started in 1989 and submitted it to the SC Arts Commission’s First Novel Competition. Related posts forthcoming, this experience has been awesome. But here's the first post-submission reflection. Let me explain what happens when you re-join a world you created. First, you remember the times and reasons you created... Continue Reading →

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A Commitment Ceremony for More Short Story Writing

With the 2013 Short Story Challenge, I had two goals: Write enough stories to participate in Khara House’s Submit-O-Rama in October Learn to write really good short stories As the count sits now, the first objective was met but the second is doubtful. Here’s the box score: Finished – 16 Accepted – 2 (one to... Continue Reading →

What I learned in Submit-O-Rama

Last year I was five months in to the writing life I had always wanted. It started in April 2012 when I went to the Clemson Literary Festival and came home and wrote my first short story in 15 years. By October I had a few drafts of disparate stories and a finished novel whose... Continue Reading →

Say What You Mean: Dialogue Workshop Part 1

Last night in our November Columbia Writers’ Alliance meeting, I presented a workshop on dialogue.I used clips from a favorite novel, Water for Elephants, which had short pieces of dialogue of each type. Here, I’ve used my own work because I wanted to see if I’d been successfully applying what I know about the fundamentals... Continue Reading →

Let Submit-O-Rama Begin!

I started 2013 with the goal of having enough polished work to really participate in Khara House's October Submit-O-Rama. The rules state three submissions per week, which is 15 pieces (five weeks X three submissions).As you know, the 2013 Short Story Challenge went well and I have 13 stories but only 9 of them are... Continue Reading →

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