The Scariest Part of Writing is Acceptance

hen I decided to become a writer my biggest fear was that I’d never have an idea worth writing about. Experience taught me this was a needless fear. I found ideas everywhere. The trick is figuring out which ideas are worth pursuing. When I had an idea worth writing about my biggest fear became the […]

Blogging Advice for Beginners

omehow, the 10th anniversary of my blog passed without notice. I wrote my very first blog post back on October 25, 2005. Back then I was on LiveJournal, but all of those posts found their way here when I converted to WordPress a few years later. Ten years, and 6,032 public posts later, I’m still […]

My Standard Cover Letter for Fiction

ccasionally, I come across a discussion of what one should put into one’s cover letter when submitting a story to a magazine. I don’t ever recall sweating over my cover letters after an early rejection I received from A. J. Budrys, then editing Tomorrow Science Fiction. He told me that, for him, cover letters were […]

Permission to Write Anything

have started a new story that isn’t really science fiction It isn’t really fantasy. Isn’t really horror. Yet, for me, the story still falls into the category of popular fiction. I am not trying to be coy with genre here. But it feels like a mainstream popular fiction story that doesn’t fit neatly into the […]

If You Are Interested in Self-Publishing…

ou might check out a well-done series of posts on self-publishing by Doug Farren. Doug was part of my Launch Pad Astronomy workshop class of 2013. He has had a good deal of success self-publishing, and while self-publishing is not my particular cup of tea1, I’ve found Doug’s posts on the subject both enjoyable and […]

A New Phase of Writing: Life After the Streak

did my first post-streak writing at lunch today. It was the first time in about 10 days that I’d written anything, after having spent the previous 825 days writing every day. Everything about the writing today was new. Driving home from work a few days ago, I realized that I had entered a new phase […]

Thoughts on My 825 Day Writing Streak, and Why I Voluntarily Ended It

always knew that when I started my writing streak, it would have to come to an end. I voluntarily ended my 825-consecutive-day writing streak on Sunday, bringing to an end more than 2-1/3 years of writing every day. I ended the streak because it felt like it was the right time to end it. But […]

How Much I Wrote During Last Weekend’s Writing Retreat

t occurred to me that I never reported back on just how much I ended up writing on last weekend’s writing retreat. I was originally supposed to get together with 2 other writers, but one had to beg off at the last-minute for very good reasons. So there was just two of us. We had […]

How Much Can I Write In a Day?

have this daydream. Not of winning the lottery. No, when I daydream, it’s of becoming a full-time writer. What would it be like not to have to report to a day job? To set my own schedule, and write. Would I be disciplined about it? For the last 815 days I have been writing in […]

Earlier Tonight on Twitter I Revealed My Secret to Drafts

was overcome, earlier today, with the sudden desire to reveal my closely held secret, as a writer, to what I really mean when I talk about draft. Folks, when I talk about first drafts, second drafts, and the occasional third drafts, I’m really talking about beer. #awriterslife — Jamie Todd Rubin (@jamietr) October 2, 2015 […]

On Medium: Building a Writer’s Toolkit, Part 2: My Writing Process

ver on Medium, just published the second installment of my series, “Building A Writer’s Toolkit.” In Part 2, I discuss “My Writing Process” with an emphasis on all of the non-writing tasks I have to perform as a professional writer. Being able to find tools that can help automate these non-writing processes means more time each […]

On Medium: Building a Writer’s Toolkit, Part 1: My Favorite Word Processor

ver on Medium, I have started a new series of posts called “Building a Writer’s Toolkit.” This series focuses on ways of improving the set of tools available to writers so that more time can be spent in the creative act of writing, and all other ancillary tasks can be automated as much as possible. […]

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