Beyond The Rum Diary



July 23, 2019

It stinks. Unless you find a big break in publishing! Excuse me, I couldn't help but observe your plight. Can I be of assistance? I know about ways to help improve your writing, how to find the right workshops and conferences, even writing groups. 


July 6, 2019

If  you think your first book is great, but the world thinks it stinks then write a second book. Stay organized, keep writing; follow the muse down the darkest edges, a deepest hollow to the spirit world.

Driving for records from the music store, you...

May 28, 2019

A journal is for deep feelings and a novel is for a great story. Entertain with lovely descriptions of mountaintops or a misty fog, but create three-dimensional characters that make readers believe the fog could really be thick, pungent smog fr...

March 7, 2019

The Ontario Poetry Society published my very first poem. The free verse poem about Rome was actually called Rome and published in a chapbook. I've been writing poetry since high school, but you won't find the poem about my religion teacher anywhere.

I consider my first,...

March 7, 2019

A brain fart happens when writing and that is when it's time to tend to the paper cut caused by the sharp edge of your computer. Let the wound heal. Shout if it makes you feel better.

I know how it feels. Right now, it's like someone let one rip in a crowded elevator a...

March 1, 2019

If you happen to stumble on The Art Of Leaving, understand it's a memoir and you're not getting fiction. Often, the highly secretive book goes through numerous working titles. But sometimes, the author hits the jackpot with a book title the publisher can't refuse.


February 22, 2019

Sometimes hearing podcasts of ideas transformed into words can be great. Nobody wants to listen to somebody preaching about the craft of fiction. Everyone has a story, but who goes the extra mile?

When writing novels, short stories or poetry, have the pat...

February 4, 2019

When you're writing and it's working, don't stop to smell the roses unless you put aside the work-in-progress to do other writing jobs.

There's poetry, short stories or the first book that you keep going back to because it never got published and there's always somethin...

January 16, 2019

Get the fuck off Twitter and write. Patton Oswalt tweets: "Whew! Twitter account fixed. I got hacked earlier today but it’s all fixed now ***I HAVE A FAT BUTT ANB I POO OUT MY BUTT AND BUTT BUTT***" This is high art, but it's material that should belong to a random pub...

January 3, 2019

Just write. Don't be the lazy bum not doing the work. Eventually the fart catches up to you and it reeks. Man, will it stink.

Establish a routine. It's not realistic to write every day, but set goals and achieve them. I'm a big fan of to-do lists. I'm a bigger fan...

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