Category - Writing

An A-muse-ing Sunday in London

Sunday morning, we rise early, down yet another Italian breakfast from Cafe Del Mundo (hey, when we find a good thing, we stick with it), and catch the Bakerloo line out to Kilburn Park, where we meet up with friends Bruce and Holly. My friendship...

Writing a Novel with Scrivener

Editor's Note: Right up front: I do not work for the guy who created Scrivener. If you buy a copy, I don't get a kickback. He didn't ask me to write this review, and I didn't ask for or receive free software for writing it. I'm a real writer. This...

Getting Things Done (Not!) – Part II

For me, writing about a subject is often just another way of thinking about it. Julia Cameron often says, "Writing things rights things." It's true. My last post -- lamenting my lack of progress these past few weeks -- actually helped me turn a...

Getting Things Done (Not!)

On some days, Being a Writer is a joy. On other days, Being a Writer is sheer, unadulterated frustration. Lately, I'm stuck in "unadulterated frustration mode." With an eye toward exorcising some demons by naming them, here's a quick entry on the...

Bright Ideas for Writers

If you're interesting in creative writing -- journaling, short fiction, novels, plays, screenplays -- then you'll get a lot out of a workshop I'm teaching this weekend: Bright Ideas for Writers. This Saturday at New Vibrations (2914 North State...

Book Industry Statistics

Some of these are dated, but ... wow! This page is packed with great information every savvy writer needs to know about the publishing industry.

Getting Unspeakable Things Done

What follows is not for the faint of heart. If you're already a little queasy, turn back now. Still with me? Okay, good. This past weekend, I found myself in the bathroom, facing an indelicate dilemma. I should point out, before telling you anything...

Put Your Intention Out There

Yesterday, over on writing.MadeByMark.com, I confronted one of my worst fears -- being a "C+ novelist" -- in a very public way. I admitted that being afraid of writing a hum-drum novel has kept me from finishing more than two dozen novels. And I...

writing.MadeByMark.com

Today, I'm pleased to launch writing.MadeByMark.com -- a blog exclusively dedicated to books, software, articles, and tips of interest to beginning writers and future authors. (Curious old pros will likely find a handy tip or two, as well.) The...