Category: Corner Post: A Guide to Creating a Writing Life

Corner Post: The Window Between

When writing projects come to an end, step back and recharge.  Allow yourself to write short, incomplete things, the fragments that help...

Corner Post: “Get a Rhythm”

First thing in the morning read something—a poem, half a story, an essay, a thesaurus entry.  Just get your mind immersed in words....

Corner Post: “Getting Through the Dark Hours”

The thing about novel writing is that the old cliché about rolling with the punches is absolutely true.  Flash fiction and short stories...

Corner Post: “The Intangibles”

  In my last essay, I talked about the practical side to creating a writing life—balancing money, time, and place. This month I want...

Corner Post: “Gumption”

For me a writing life has always been determined by three things—money, time, and place.  And never have I had an abundance of all...

Corner Post: “Dirty Your Hands”

Tapping on a computer keyboard always reminds me of when I played the piano as a kid. Back then the tapping made music. Now, words. Both...

Corner Post: “When the Work Calls You To It”

A friend of mine told me this once. He is an artist and I was asking him about time, about finding, making time for art with everything...

Corner Post: Start a New Year Writing Cycle

In December I jot down what writing got done and what didn’t over the past 12 months.  Then I work on the house my wife and I...

Corner Post: “Questions of Risk”

Main characters need a stake in their story.  The answer rarely comes in the first drafts for me, but at some point, I halfway figure...

Corner Post: “Stop Time”

What is your writing plan?  When I ask my students this question, some have the next ten years mapped out.  Some tell me plans...

Corner Post: “Develop a Second Sight”

When I was growing up, working on fences with my father and my brother, the corner post was the most important. It determined how tight our...