Category: on writing

Rough Drafts: Don't worry about grammar

In my opinion you dont have to worry about grammar especially as a new writer just starting out. There will always be time to go back and add the comma after “In my opinion.” You’ll have time to debate using “don’t” or “do not.” You can second guess whether the introduction should be one or... Read more »

From blog to book: "Here or There" is here!

From blog to book: "Here or There" is here!
Writing a book is a daunting task. The thought of stringing together 200-300+ pages can be a little bit nauseating. It’s like saying, “I’m going to run a marathon,” or, “I’m finally going to clean out the storage unit.” One way to tackle this large of a project is by using the “sneak attack” method.... Read more »

30 book ideas for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

30 book ideas for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
November marks the start of the annual “National Novel Writing Month.” It’s a chance for people all around the world to join a writing community and commit to completing a rough draft in 30 days. One of the communities in the Chicago area is ChiWriMo. I’d heard of NaNoWriMo before, but I had no idea... Read more »
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Welcome to Long Overdue Books

Welcome to Long Overdue Books
When Scholastic printed the final Harry Potter book, it had to be perfect. The spacing on the pages. The grammar. The font. When you have tens of millions of readers, you can’t make a single mistake. Too many people are watching. Same thing with the Game of Thrones TV show. Leave one Starbucks cup on set and... Read more »

I wasn't ready to love Toy Story 4

I wasn't ready to love Toy Story 4
I don’t remember much from 1995, but I do remember seeing the original Toy Story. I remember the scene when Buzz Lightyear showed up in Andy’s room for the first time. I remember, “To infinity… and beyond!” Or how about that first “flying” sequence when he bounced off the famous Pixar ball, did the loopty loop on the... Read more »

Medium Rare turns 250: Five things I've learned from five years of blogging

Medium Rare turns 250: Five things I've learned from five years of blogging
On July 13th, 2014, I published my first Medium Rare blog post right here on ChicagoNow. Since that time, I’ve written 249 posts ranging from philosophy to comedy to whatever bucket you’d put my four-part sandwich saga into. Each time I’ve hit a milestone (100th post, 200th post) I’ve taken a second to reflect on... Read more »
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If you liked The Bachelorette, then you'll really like...

Every time you walk into a bookstore (or head over to Amazon) you are carrying a rose boutonniere in your hand. Millions of authors are lined up anxiously awaiting your decision. The big names are all in the front. Mark Twain. Sheryl Sandberg. Omarosa. I’m standing there in the way back like Joe the Grocer, hoping... Read more »

Medium Rare turns 200: I need to change my fuel

I was running late for work. We had a 9 o’clock meeting and I hopped on the Divvy bike at about 8:50. My bike ride, at best, is 15 minutes long; and that’s if I’m channeling my inner Lance Armstrong. Even then, I’d still be showing up ten minutes late. As I was riding down Halsted,... Read more »

John Rambo gave me writer's block

I have somehow managed to avoid writer’s block for almost three years. It’s something that I know exists, I’ve felt it before, and I fear it the way an athlete worries about tearing an ACL. The last time I had writer’s block was back in April of 2015. My solution at that time was to literally open... Read more »
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Fifty shades of fear: Why it took me so long to publish

I talk about spending eight to nine years writing my novel Toilet Bowl, but that’s not really accurate. It wasn’t like I was waking up every day for almost a decade putting in a consistent three hours of work. There were spurts, then gaps, then spurts again. Two years ago I developed more of a strict everyday... Read more »