Writing Philosophy

Scott Driscoll Blogs… After asking what I did for a living, the cashier at a grocery store I frequented gave me a confused look and said, “Oh, you teach fiction? What’s that? Is that, like, making stuff up?” There was no line—it was late, after class—so I told her the following story. One sweltering Sunday […]

Leaning Out Over the Abyss

“There are a thousand thousand reasons to live this life, every one of them sufficient.” (Marilynne Robinson, author of Gilead.) When I sit with my clipboard to do research and to write notes in my favorite café, often  mopping at sweat from having recently climbed off my bike, trying not to hear the conversation from […]

Ghosts and Revenants

The best stories often have a main character with a shameful secret to hide, or let’s just say, a ghost that haunts her from her past. I have a son who recently crossed the threshold into teenage-hood. One thing I dread about this developmental stage is how his questions force me to either lie about […]

First Page Tips

What do people on the business end of writing look for on page one of a manuscript? This was the subject of the Friday night event that kicked off Write On The River’s 2017 conference. Held yearly in May in Wenatchee, Washington, the weekend conference’s opening event takes advantage of great views from the ninth-floor […]