Happier, Forgotten. A Playlist In Progress for a Work in Progress about a Life in Progress

It’s November, and I’ve decided to dive in and do NaNoWriMo again this year. I failed last year (but that book will still be finished and released – it’s just on hold!). But this month I’m working on a brand new book. It’s called ‘Happier, Forgotten’ and it’s gonna be depressing as hell. Kind of like if Morrissey and The Cure had a baby and that baby was a book. I hinted at it a while back, but never got around to writing it. But it’s been back there in…

A CONFESSION: The Complete Live Reading Is Now on YouTube

On January 19, 2017 I made literary history by being the first author to livestream a reading of his own novel across Twitter and Facebook. From 8pm through 12:30am I sat in front of a row of cameras and read my entire novel, ‘A Confession,’ cover to cover, for the world to see and hear. During that broadcast, we also recorded a higher-quality video of the entire reading. It, along with enhanced audio quality, is now available on YouTube. This footage is the entire original live broadcast, first livestreamed via Facebook…

LIVE Reading of ‘A Confession’ In Its Entirety: January 19th!

Mark your calendars people! On January 19, 2017 I will be doing a LIVE reading of my latest novel, ‘A Confession’ in its entirety and livestreaming the whole thing. The stream will start at 8:00 pm Eastern Time, and will be broadcast via both Facebook Live and Twitter/Periscope. Barring any technical difficulties, the plan is for me to read the entire novel, start to finish, all in one stream (with occasional breaks to use the restroom). So mark your calendars, and make sure you’re following me on Twitter and Facebook to be…

A Recent Interview on My Approach to Creativity

I recently had the opportunity to answer a set of questions from Jeff Leisawitz, the author of ‘Not F*ing Around: The No Bullsh*t Guide for Getting Your Creative Dreams Off the Ground.’ We went over some great topics, like how I define my creative mission, how I’ve learned from success (and failure) and even how art and creativity can help to heal and grow. Swing on over and check it out.

NaNoWriMo 2016? Time For Something Completely Different

A few months back I had an idea for a new novel, one I was calling “the most depressing book ever.” I’d named it Happier, Forgotten and I planned on cranking through it this November as a kind of NaNoWriMo followup to my last novel, A Confession. As it turns out, I’ve completely changed my mind. One of the biggest issues I’ve had as a writer is that I’m also a dad … and of everything I’ve written, not a single one is appropriate for my kids to read. I have three boys,…

The First Draft of ‘The Unfortunate Expiration of One Mr. David S. Sparks’ is Complete!

About eight years ago, in November of 2008, I started my first attempt at NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I failed miserably, only putting down a few thousand words … but those few thousand words were the start of something … something that stuck around in my head for years while I tried to figure the whole story out.  Over the last year or two I’ve been back at the story, getting those ideas down to paper – trying to get the entire complicated thing into one story that made sense.…

‘Roommates’ – A New “Creepy Little Bedtime Story” is Now Available

Today marks the release of Roommates, my third “creepy little bedtime story.” It’s a story I started months ago, then it had to sit for a while for the missing part of the story to come into being. That happened recently, and the short is now complete and available digitally as a Kindle download. Here’s a snippet: Roommates By William F. Aicher Something is happening, here in my head. A something I can’t explain. Something I don’t know. But it’s there. A change. An opening. A transmutation. A metamorphosis. I…

7 Tips for Editing Your Novel

Editing Your Novel

I’ve been a member of the writing community for almost a decade now, in particular the independent and self-published writing scene. As a member, I communicate with a lot of other writers – via social media, writer groups, my website, in person etc. and one of the most common issues I hear people dealing with is how to edit your own writing. Now, I’m not an expert writer. I’m still learning as I go, and getting a lot of help from the writing community myself as I continue to hone…