Book Launch: Stop Typing & Start Writing

Now you know the reason why I’ve been mostly radio silent for the last month or so. I’ve been working on this little thing called a book!

Buy or read now on Amazon.

Stop Typing & Start Writing: Analog Productivity for Digital Writers is my attempt to slow down our frantic online “content production” pace and bring a touch of civility back to the art of writing.

When I first picked up a pen to write fiction it was because everything else wasn’t working. I also learned my problem was with how I was using the computer. I wasn’t meant to be someone who could produce a first draft at the keyboard. That didn’t stop me from trying, but it did stop me from writing.

I soon learned handwriting was great, but it would lead to a lot of wasted time and paper if major revisions were needed.

So I set about designing a set of building blocks to plan my writing around.

These building blocks do exactly what they say. Each builds on the last, and along the way the details of the story are figured out. When it’s time to write the manuscript all of the heavy lifting is already done. Writing the manuscript is just another expansion of what’s been written before. This way, there’s no false starts or dead-ends to deal with, and the manuscript only has to be written once before it’s transcribed to digital text.

I also cover ways to protect your already-written pages, choosing pens and inks, and the best ways to wring the digital text out of your handwritten manuscript.

Even if you don’t want to handwrite a book, there’s a lot a digital writer will find useful. The planning process works equally well for both typing and writing.

Discovery writers will learn a new way to outline that looks and feels like discovery writing. Outliners will see that a little prose will go a long ways toward finding holes in their outline.

I hope you find it useful and buy a copy today!

Adding Another Analog Writing Tool, Maybe

Somewhat near my house is a used typewriter sales and repair shop. Mesa Typewriter Exchange is a longstanding local business. This past Friday was the first time I ever stopped in. To say that there was a few typewriters on the display would be an understatement. The customer area in front of the counter is overrun with typewriters of every description and vintage. It was reasonably well organized, but it’s also clear he’s quickly running out of room.

I stopped in not because I wanted to buy one, but because I wanted to use one as a prop for when I shoot the cover for my book. Visiting this almost-museum got me thinking about whether a typewriter would fit into my workflow. I felt like I was approaching dangerous territory. I’m already doing all of my non-email writing off-line.

So, do I really need another analog writing tool?

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Status update — So much ink

I’ve been neglecting this blog lately and I sincerly apologzie to my loyal readers. But I haven’t beem slacking off. Quite the opposite.

The short version is that I’ve been doing most of my writing in longhand and staying away from the keyboard. This also means I haven’t had much to share. Mostly it’s just been me and the cat fighting over desk space (she’s pushy and likes to play with my pens). With nothing new to report, blogging becomes an easy task to ignore.

Since I’m overdue for post, I thought I’d update you on what I’m working on.

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