Apparently People Like “Stories” to Have “Endings”

Apparently People Like “Stories” to Have “Endings”

After having written and published several novels and short stories now, I find there is one piece of feedback that regularly comes back. People want their stories to have endings. The problem is, my stories generally don’t – and that can be frustrating for some readers. This isn’t to say my stories just end abruptly, mid-sentence, but when I tell a story I like to think of it as a telling of a span of time, glimpsing a character’s emotional journey. There’s some semblance of a plot, but I prefer…

Writing the Story vs. Writing Well

Writing the Story vs. Writing Well

Last month marked my first time taking part in Camp NaNoWrimo. I set a goal to write 35,000 words in my current work-in-progress, but failed pretty miserably – coming in at about 10,000 words total written through the month. Part of it could be blamed on the fact that it’s summer, and there are responsibilities and vacations etc, but even when I did sit down to write, I tended to write considerably less than I had planned to in those sessions. Now, a few weeks into August, I’m back at it…

Like ‘The Girl on the Train’ or ‘Gone Girl?’ Read ‘Give It Back.’

Like ‘The Girl on the Train’ or ‘Gone Girl?’ Read ‘Give It Back.’

Being a male, there are a few genres that I generally don’t dip into, like romance, erotica, etc. But one thing I do love is a good thriller. The thing is, I generally read thrillers written by males, with male protagonists. Maybe it’s because there are so many of them, or I just think I’ll be able to relate better to the main character. I’m also a huge film fan, with one of my favorite modern directors being David Fincher. So, of course when ‘Gone Girl’ came out as a…

The Excitement of a New Story Idea

The Excitement of a New Story Idea

As a writer, one of my biggest challenges is keeping my thoughts straight – and determining what story idea works, and which ones don’t. Like most writers, I keep a notebook (or several notebooks) on me, jotting down ideas that come before they have a chance to go. Whether it be in the middle of the night, after a drive (I try not to ever take notes while I’m driving), or smack-dab in the middle of a conversation, putting these thoughts down on paper holds them in permanence so that they…

That Aldous Huxley Quote Featured in ‘A Confession’

That Aldous Huxley Quote Featured in ‘A Confession’

“In silence, an act is an act is an act. Verbalized and discussed, it becomes an ethical problem …” – Aldous Huxley, from ‘The Genius and the Goddess’ If you’ve checked out ‘A Confession,’ you’ve come across this quote. I use it to open the book, before any of the story takes place. It’s been a favorite of mine ever since I read ‘The Genius and the Goddess,’ the novella from Aldous Huxley. One of my favorite authors, Huxley has obviously left a huge impact on the world through his writing, in…

Read This Book: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

Read This Book: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

I’m a pretty voracious reader – so far this year I’ve read 41 books, and the majority of them have been pretty good. Unfortunately though, up until yesterday, none of the books I’ve read in 2016 have been absolutely fantastic. Michel Faber’s 2014 book, The Book of Strange New Things, however, simply blew my mind. Supposedly his final book, he wrote it while his wife was dying, and it’s simply one of the most beautiful explorations of love I’ve ever come across. Set sometime in the future, the story follows Peter…

Every Writer Needs a Typewriter

Every Writer Needs a Typewriter

As writers, most of us perform our craft on computers these days – and have pretty much since household computers became commonplace. Due to the simplicity of being able to save and protect your work, to go back and make edits, to easily format your prose, and the modern conveniences of spell-check and grammar check, the choice to write at a computer is a simple one to make. That said, I strongly recommend anyone interested in writing to get themselves a working typewriter. In my writing space, my typewriter lives…