May 13, 2016

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Crystal-Lee at Literary Speaking for a radio interview earlier this week. Check it out!


May 6, 2016


Pnin Incites A Riot



*I'll send a free, inscribed copy of Beautiful Country to anyone who can spot 3 hidden jokes in this story OR anyone who figures out which novel I stole the passage that Pnin reads out loud from. Hint: it was made into a movie* 




It was...

April 24, 2016



1. Start with a strong first sentence 


This is crucial. You need to hook the reader right off the bat with a sentence that will catch their attention and leave them asking questions. The first line from One Hundred Years of Solitude is a great example:

"Many years lat...

February 15, 2016


Harold didn’t enjoy the act of killing, not the way Rick did. For Harold it was something that had to be done out of necessity. Because a past filled with wrong turns and ill fortune had led him down a twisted path to the dead end he currently faced. Harold wasn't fon...

February 8, 2016

The Tequila Sunset drifted twelve miles off the west coast of Florida. It was three days since the boat’s twin motors had run out of fuel. Danny had found a liter of water in one of the bow lockers. But on the second day, while Danny slept, Mark had finished it off.



January 19, 2016




I've found that writing pastiche pieces imitating great writers can be a really helpful and fun excercise. It's a great way to practice technique and different writing styles, which can help you become a more versatile writer. To do it well you really have to analyz...

January 18, 2016

People are often interested in the daily habits & routines of famous authors. While some writers have become infamous for their drug and alcohol usage, it's safe to say that you will never see a daily routine as absurd as Hunter Thompson's. Take a look below - it's hon...

January 17, 2016

In the spring of 1934, a twenty-two year old aspiring writer named Arnold Samuelson journeyed to Key West to meet his idol, Ernest Hemingway. Samuelson asked Hemingway his advice on how he too could become a great writer. Hemingway drew up a list of sixteen stories and...

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