Tag Archives: zero draft

Embrace it!

Lately I’ve been feeling the blahs. Fat. Inactive. Creatively null and void. Like I’m in a holding pattern. All of which means one thing: It is time to break out of my comfort zone [0]. I’ve got several things I can do. I can go back to Contra dancing. I have a carpentry project planned, […]

Writer’s Chores

The short answer to this question is: I have no Earthly idea. Another short answer is: I wish I knew. I’ve written about eight Zero Drafts in the last ten years. Most are still unfinished, a few will never see the light of day, and a few are actually complete stories from start to finish […]

Kill Your Darlings (Week of March 10)

We think it was William Faulkner who first said that a writer must “kill your darlings” but it’s been repeated endlessly ever since so that may be apocrypha. But any time there’s a discussion of the mechanics of a writer’s process, there should be some mention of David Mamet. He’s never visited the Cafe (at least […]

No secrets here

Editing secrets? I don’t have any editing secrets. In fact, I am really excited to read everyone else’s posts revealing their editing secrets this week so that I can steal them. I have no editing process because I have yet to significantly edit anything. In general, when I’ve “edited” a manuscript, I’ve made cosmetic changes: […]