Should You Plot Your Novel, or Pants It?

Here’s a great post from by pal Harry Marks, discussing the difference between writing a novel by the seat of your pants and plotting it out in-detail before beginning. Both methods have created amazing results. For example, Marks mentions how J.K. Rowling...

Frictionless Writing

I’m big on the idea of removing “friction” from my life. Friction, if you haven’t heard me talk about it before, is anything that gets in the way of, or prevents us from reaching, a goal. If your goal is to log forty hours of client work each week, having World of...

Diamonds & Dust

You can make diamonds. Did you know that? See, I know a jeweler. One of the old school kind, too. He works out of his house and creates everything from scratch, from $500 wedding bands to $20k engagement rings. He’s part of a dying breed of specialists, and his...

Wireframing My Fiction

When I sit down to write in the evening after a long day of design work and family time, I have a determined resolve and weary mind. This means that I have all the desire in the world to write forever, but know that my clock it ticking down rapidly and will soon...

Memories of Writing, or Why

I don’t know the dates. Like a lot of memories from childhood my earliest recollections of writing are isolated islands of events. But pieces within the memories help me narrow the gaps, reference points that act like time stamps on the photos in my mind. I remember...