Get Off My Lawn

"Oh you're a writer?" she asked. Jen sat across from me in the break room. She munched on baby carrots and sliced green peppers. She had seen me working on a story on my laptop and plopped herself opposite me, thinking, apparently, it was an excellent time to interrupt. I replied, "I write stories and … Continue reading Get Off My Lawn


The Nose’s Summer Schedule

Beloved readers, you've probably noticed some new faces posting on the site. Please bear with us while we cultivate new writers and work on our new schedule. I'll try to have a regular posting schedule firmed up by the end of the summer, with regular weekly features. For now, here's what the week will look … Continue reading The Nose’s Summer Schedule

Book Review: Another World

A book review of Onierautics: A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming, by Dylan Tuccillo, Jared Zeizel, and Thomas Peisel The man on fire is after me again. There is anger in his narrow eyes, his curled scowl, his raspy voice. I crouch in the bushes near my house and wonder: Where are my parents? Where … Continue reading Book Review: Another World

How To Write A Novel For A Six-Figure Advance

So you’ve written your magnum opus. This is the work that will catapult you into the realms of authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kafka, or maybe J.K. Rowling. There’s only one problem. It won’t sell. You’ve written hundreds upon thousands of queries only to receive that dreaded rejection slip every time. I’m here to … Continue reading How To Write A Novel For A Six-Figure Advance

I’d Rather Go To the Feelies

A few weeks ago I briefly mentioned how I once went through an 1984 phase during which time I was so obsessed with the novel that everything I witnessed was somehow connected to an Orwellian conspiracy. Even today I can't help but see things like the Patriot Act or the TSA's giddiness at seeing us … Continue reading I’d Rather Go To the Feelies

Coffee and Plain Text

Every so often, in my job as an editor, I receive a manuscript that uses multiple fonts. This may seem like a small thing. Using a different font for chapter headings, or setting a computer's error message in Courier isn't that much of a big deal. I haven't seen a manuscript in comic sans, or … Continue reading Coffee and Plain Text

Writing about Listening

I watched Magic Mike a few weeks ago, and found the film rather depressing. In part, because for most of the movie, none of the characters actually listen to what anyone else is saying. This is common, because listening is a hard skill. Most of us spend our time thinking about what we're going to … Continue reading Writing about Listening

Magnificent Muse

For Koreans, seeing vendors selling their goods on the street is normal. It’s not balked at or given a second thought. But everyday, on my walk to the grocery, I pass a trio of old, hunched women who sit on upturned buckets surrounded by red plastic trays of produce, their old faces wrinkled by the … Continue reading Magnificent Muse

World-building questions

World-building is common in fantasy and science-fiction. It can create amazingly rich backgrounds for stories, but it can also cause problems of its own. Fortunately, it's one of many topics we've addressed at length over on Writers is a no-nonsense writers' enthusiast Q&A built by users. Instead of wading through a lot of random … Continue reading World-building questions

Should Some Writers Stop Writing?

Growing up, my parents, relatives, and teachers gave me a lot of encouragement when it came to writing. And when those positive and supportive people weren't around, I entertained myself by reading flowery inspirational books about how all of us have the potential for brilliance. Nowadays, I try to pay some of that inspiration back … Continue reading Should Some Writers Stop Writing?