I’m going to share a dirty little secret here: I love gossip. There. I said it. Do I feel better? Probably not. I feel like I need to explain my love of gossip.

First of all, I’m not talking about celebrity gossip. Of that I couldn’t care less. What I’m talking about is gossip about real people, sometimes even people I know. But here’s where my motivations for loving gossip differs from that of 99% of gossip-lovers.

I love gossip because of the insight it gives into the human condition (I hate that term, but it’s the closest I could come to what I mean). As a writer, I study people. I study how they act, how they think, how the react, and how they interact with one another. I study how things make them feel. I study the things they do, rational or not. And because of that, gossip is a wealth of anthropological information. Read More Did you hear about…?

Craft

NaNoWriMo will start in just over seven days. We’ve talked about character, and we’ve talked about plot. Let’s talk about research. ‘Cause let’s face it: if you don’t start researching…

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Craft

I am currently working on my first non-fiction book. While I’ve completed somewhere around a thousand blog posts and articles over the past couple of years, this is my first attempt at book-length non-fiction. It’s a bit of a daunting task, the idea of writing 250 or so pages about something that I didn’t make up. And the idea that I will not be judged just based on my words and their ability to entertain, but also on the accuracy and usefulness of those words, is kind of scary. Read More Writing A Non-Fiction Book

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