Aleksy with UNO

The Writing Life is Like a Game of UNO

What I love about the game UNO is just when you think you’ve lost, the momentum changes and things start to look up. The same could be said of writing. Just when you’re about to give up, you can’t, because you never know what’s about to happen. Take my summer. It was a weird one. After spending the spring querying and entering contests and submitting … Continue reading The Writing Life is Like a Game of UNO

The Secret to Writing Good Sentences? Read Them.

Lately, I’ve been judging my sentences as too clunky. They get to the point but there’s no inspiration. So I thought about what books in the past inspired me to write interesting sentences. European greats like Tolstoy, Hugo, Balzac, Dickens, James. And then American writers, mostly contemporary like Richard Ford, Haruki Murakami, Cormac McCarthy, Kazuo Ishiguro, Don DeLillo, Richard Yates, E.L. Doctorow, Jose Saramago. Why did I … Continue reading The Secret to Writing Good Sentences? Read Them.

Your Best First Reader May Be Sleeping Next to You

Last month I finished my to-do list of edits on my novel. The next step? Ask my husband to read it. So we do what we always do. I send the chapters in email. He reads them on screen. Then we sit together and go through them, one by one. “These paragraphs about where they’re standing, on page 1, need to be longer. It’s difficult … Continue reading Your Best First Reader May Be Sleeping Next to You