My novel THE BODY SCOUT is out today. A post about my confused and chaotic novel writing process.
How revising the opening can finish your novel
On Salman Rushdie, author finances, and Substack as fiction publisher
In my last newsletter, I wrote about the importance of persistence in writing: I might go so far as to say that persistence is the most important trait…
All the tips about submissions, taxes, queries, and careers I can give you in one place
What's so wrong with making the reader want to turn the page?
Do characters really need to change in fiction?
Every few months, someone on Twitter hears that the CIA helped fund the Iowa MFA program in the 1960s and soon the discourse has decided that all creat…
Print book sales continue to rise. Did the publishing industry actually get the streaming era right?
Some thoughts on Isabel Fall, social media criticism, and the puritan art police
A look at Aira's "no revision" novel-writing method
Looking at Moorcock's famous advice for writing an entire novel in under a week