Behind the Scenes

Writing anything is not easy, whether the writing is a book, paper, article, short story, poem, dissertation, play, or screenplay. I should know. I have spent a lifetime at a desk punching the keyboard, writing all of these things.

This blog conveys the thoughts, musing, revelations and even some of the no-so-well-known secrets of this writer’s progress as I journey from the spark of an idea, to the promise of publication or production.

Basically, these conclusions are based on my experiences and observations. As I’ve talked with writers from around the world, from all genres, from all media, I’ve come to the conclusion that no two writers’ journeys are alike.

I’ll share the details, as much as I’m able, with honesty and openness. As my students learned when I was teaching, I don’t sugar-coat the process, and I never left them without help. Additionally, this blog is about my life as a writer.

Writing is hard. Being successful takes practice. But, at the same time, writing is highly rewarding, and I’m more than willing to share what I know. To that end, I’m in the process of working on several academic and/or writing how-to books.

Thank you for joining my journey!

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