Category Archives: John’s blog

My new piano adventure!

*This post is based on the newsletter I sent out today, so apologies to those subscribers who also follow this blog. I’m excited to share something new! While I have continued to work on Blood Dawn every weekend now since … Continue reading

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A Covid-19 Writer’s Routine

I’ve always thought my writing routine boring to most people, so I just don’t talk about it. But as social distancing now nears the end of its 2nd week, with perhaps many more weeks to come, I see many people … Continue reading

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Checklist before you publish your book

You’ve just finished your book and you’re ready to self-publish. You don’t have a lot of money, so hopefully you can do most things yourself. If you had a dream checklist that would help you feel more confident, what would … Continue reading

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Time in, words out: a writer’s tug-of-war

How do you measure progress at the keyboard? Many writers like to use word count. A good day’s work is measured based on how many new words you write. Some writers prefer page count. This is the same as word … Continue reading

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The art of rewriting: getting the most development mileage from your edits

I work with an amazingly talented writing client. Every week for 39 weeks now, he’s submitted his novel-in progress, usually 10-20 pages each week. We’ve made it through draft 1. We took a short break where I did an analysis … Continue reading

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Your perfect writing week vs your real writing week

You can’t be perfect with your writing every week. As much as we want to hit our word count goals, or make progress in our current draft just like we said we would, the fact remains that when we make … Continue reading

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The Iliad: a review

I do not usually post my book reviews on my blog, though Goodreads does have a link to past reviews (right-hand column). As I’ve run out of things to blog about, at least for the present, I figure I’ll start … Continue reading

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Learn Something New Every Day

In the last year, I have learned a lot about myself as a writer. Probably the most unexpected lesson: I enjoy writing educational nonfiction. I’ve written 12 courses now on the platform Highbrow (click here to see all my courses). … Continue reading

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A Thousand Roads is OUT!

For those of you not on my newsletter, this is the BIG DAY. After 7 years of work, A Thousand Roads is OUT. No need to repeat myself, so I’ll link you to the newsletter. Sign up if you want … Continue reading

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Don’t write for the market, write for the heart

I recently read several writing articles that had tried and tested advice from those writers who have been fortunate to make a living on their craft. You’ve probably heard it too: Write for the market. Figure out what readers want … Continue reading

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