3 Simple (But Not Easy) Steps to Becoming a Writer

3 Simple (But Not Easy) Steps to Becoming a Writer

I came across a post by Jeff Goins, who blogs about writing and creative life, called “7 Tips for More Effective Writing,” and it’s great in itself, but I noticed a particularly insightful nugget of wisdom within it: His final three tips are the...
Getting Published Is Kind-Of the Point

Getting Published Is Kind-Of the Point

If you’re interested in a career as an author, you’ll hear a lot of advice like, “Getting published isn’t the point,” or, “Don’t chase market trends just to make money.” Those are totally true … sort-of. I do...
A Tribute to Tom Wolfe

A Tribute to Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe is the reason I am here, writing a blog post on a website that also tells you about my narrative nonfiction books. Tom Wolfe taught me that there’s a story behind everything, as long as you get the details and the drama and the passion and then tell it...
Golden Writing Insight from George Saunders

Golden Writing Insight from George Saunders

I stumbled on this piece from last year on The Guardian by Lincoln in the Bardo author George Saunders on “what writers really do when they write.” After five books, I continue to wonder that myself, so I clicked. There’s so much good insight, I...
Lessons Learned from Every Book I’ve Written: ‘Seinfeldia’

Lessons Learned from Every Book I’ve Written: ‘Seinfeldia’

Seinfeldia was when I learned what it’s like to be a bestseller. Namely, it’s exhausting, but better than the alternative. Many of the lessons came after the release, in the blessedly endless marketing phase. Here are a few: Fight your editor for what you...