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The "On Writing" series, tracking my experiences of learning to write fiction while writing Marlowe Kana. Join me, won't you?
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Why Bother? (Pt. 2)

Even after a few weeks of ruminating on it, I'm still asking that question -- but this time, about trying to reach people. And also, a return to daily blogging?

As a reformed shithead, I constantly feel pushed to try to awaken other shitheads to the reality that there’s a better way to be. And as a reformed shithead, I have to constantly remind myself just how useless that was when my head was fully up my own ass. I couldn’t hear anyone while I […]

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Why Bother?

There's not a day that goes by when I don't ask myself this question. Here is my attempt to answer that question, both for myself and for you.

Six months ago, I quit a perfectly decent well-paying job at one of the “Big Four” firms in America to write cyberpunk fiction novels.  And there’s not a day that goes by where I don’t ask myself “Why do I even fucking bother?” This morning, I decided to try to figure that out, because honestly, […]

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Marlowe Kana Volume 4 Manuscript is Done...

And boy, do I have a lot of feelings.

“How do you feel?” I think it’s instinctual for people to ask that question when you tell them you’ve just finished a big project. And I’ve been asked it a dozen or so times since I put the last period on the last sentence of the Marlowe Kana Volume 4 manuscript. And in every single […]

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I'm Not Content With Just Making #Content

I don't want to make stuff that hangs out in the background. I want to make things people actually care about. But who's going to read it? And where?

Come for the #Content and GIFs, stay for the rambling

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That Weird Moment When You Realize What You Must Do

And resolve to do it. `

Hi. I’m Joe, and I’m trying. With any luck and a shitton of resolve, I’ll end up doing. 

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On Writing, Aside #1: The Difference Between Aspirations and Goals 

It's easy -- even tempting -- to confuse them, but they couldn't be more different (A quick aside from the On Writing series)

It’s easy — even tempting — to confuse them, but they couldn’t be more different (A quick aside from the On Writing series)

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On Writing, Pt. 6: "Flow" (or, The Actual Writing Part Of Writing A Novel)

No, not THAT Flo. This is the state of being inside the writing. It's hard to get into, but what you get out of it is more rewarding than anything else ever.

No, not THAT Flo. This is the state of being inside the writing. It’s hard to get into, but what you get out of it is more rewarding than anything else ever.

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On Writing, Pt. 5: Getting Unblocked

Why yes, I'm about to compare writer's block to constipation, cause that shit's relevant.

There are many authors who will tell you writer’s block is a fabrication. They (meaning Stephen King) will tell you that the amateur waits for inspiration, while the professional gets to work. They (meaning Todd Henry) will glibly say “I only write when I’m motivated too. I just happened to be motivated every day at 8am.” […]

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On Writing, Pt. 4: You Know It When You Read It

Last night, I wrote something that made me ugly cry. And that's how I knew it was right.

Last night, I wrote something that made me ugly cry. And that’s how I knew it was right. 

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On Writing, Part 2: Why I Deleted An Entire Book And Started Over

Sometimes doing your best means doing it over.

When something’s done, let it be done and move on — but don’t call anything done until you know it’s the best you can do. 

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