Charles Carmine punched in his key code to the Cottage Hill Police Department on the rusting metal keypad with rubber buttons. He shuffled through the door, through the hallways made of cracking black tiles and peeling walls that hadn’t been renovated since the station was built nearly thirty years ago. His hair was the only … Continue reading The Golden Child Part One
The age old debate on whether formal education is worthwhile for creative writers. There are mainly two schools (pun intended) of thought on this subject. There's the Hank Moody opinion which is you can't be taught how to write, you either have it or you don't, and those that do have it need to glue … Continue reading Pathway to Becoming a Writer: Experience or Graduate School?
I finished the first draft of Frigid Nights the other day and I must say, I am both fulfilled and relieved. I felt that in the marathon that was writing that novel, the final chapters felt like I was low crawling and clawing my way towards the finish line. There will be plenty to edit … Continue reading First Draft of Novel #2 In The Books
A lot of people attribute being a writer to being a novelist. However, there are many ways to be a writer. Tom Verducci, sports writer known for covering the Chicago Cubs, is a great writer. He's written a few books, all about sports, but just because they aren't novels doesn't mean he doesn't fit in … Continue reading Writing Outside of Your Novel
Unfortunately, while I was in college, I didn't study certain aspects of literature that I wish I had. The various parts that comprise a story, what makes a work Victorian versus Edwardian, various schemes of poetry, and other topics were discussed very quickly before being passed over. I would've liked to study the bones of … Continue reading Literature and the Falsehood of Education