Creativity and Productivity, Writing/Rewriting

Adam Johnson: Data mining your writing habits

Pulitzer Prize winner Adam Johnson Adam Johnson, who just won the Pulitzer Prize for “The Orphan Master’s Son,” did an interview in the July 2012 issue of “The Writer” magazine. It’s one of the “How I Write” features on the back page, so it’s mostly in Johnson’s words. I saved the article as soon as… Continue reading Adam Johnson: Data mining your writing habits

Creativity and Productivity, Researching Historical Fiction, Women in the West

Louisa May Alcott’s running shoes

Louisa May Alcott The January 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest has an article by Joy Lanzendorfer called “If Walls Could Talk” about her visits to literary sites. (The article isn’t available online, but you can buy a copy of the issue here. The section “Write That Novel” had a lot of good articles, too.) I… Continue reading Louisa May Alcott’s running shoes

Creativity and Productivity, Researching Historical Fiction, Writing/Rewriting

Why I’m blogging

My friend caught me with my nose in James L. Swanson’s "Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer" after I’d told him I’d finished reading it. When I explained that I was now reading the footnotes, he gave me a look that said he couldn’t imagine anything duller and suggested that blogging might help with… Continue reading Why I’m blogging