Category Archives: On writing and publishing

A peek into my soul.

What do Isaac Asimov, William Blake, J.K. Rowling, Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sylvia Plath, Tennessee Williams, Kurt Vonnegut and Emily Dickinson have in common with me and probably many of you too? Depression. I really value my friends … Continue reading

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In search of the highest quality.

Ok. So you’ve got to draft 3 (or 4 or 5) and you’re happy with the plot, the characters, the relationships. There’s tension on every page. Your editor, if you have one—and you should!—has helped you get this manuscript into … Continue reading

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Creativity by John Cleese

As a writer, I sometimes get stuck creatively. I have  heard this referred to as writer’s block but it is not exclusive to writers. Whether you are a business person, an engineer, in medicine, the arts, government or an NGO, … Continue reading

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The big 21st Century lie

I don’t usually use my blog to discuss politics but I feel I just need to speak out on this one issue. Whether you are Republican or Democrat, Conservative of Liberal, whether you live in the USA, Canada, the EU, … Continue reading

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When it’s good to get a two star review

I am lucky to have had excellent critical acclaim for Junkie both on Amazon and on various blogs. So imagine my horror when I looked at the reviews on Goodreads.com. Among the 5-star and 4-star reviews was a 2-star review and … Continue reading

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The one resolution I WILL keep

When I was twenty years old and living in Sweden, I ran across of copy of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. As it did for many others, it changed my view of the world. As an ambitious young man from a … Continue reading

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Books vs. Bytes; Trad vs. Indie

I first dipped my toe into the waters of writing eight years ago. It has been an amazing learning experience and never more so than in the last six months when I embarked upon this wild indie-publishing ride. I have … Continue reading

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Substance with Style

Many of the people I follow on Twitter, and who follow me, are writers. So I thought it would be good to write a post for you all. I have been a writer for only eight years and it was less than … Continue reading

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Heroes in our midst

The other day I walked past the main downtown post office and saw a sign in the window that caught my attention. My first reaction was to tweet: Sign at the post office today: “Heroes work here”. As 9/11 approaches … Continue reading

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The Writer’s burden

Those of us who are lucky enough to spend most of our time writing know what a phenomenal rush it is to write something and feel really good about it. “Ah!” you think, “he is going to talk about the … Continue reading

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