All over the Internet Ernest Hemingway is attributed to have said , “Write drunk, edit sober.” That quote may not be his and maybe he never wrote drunk. Some say it's bad advice. But if you are a writer and inclined to imbibe while writing, I've developed some tips that will help you along. … Continue reading 10 Tips for Writing Intoxicated
At some point last year, it became obvious to me that I wasn't going to find a literary agent to represent my first novel THE ROAD AHEAD. When I began writing, I swore that I would never self-publish. As reality set in, I accepted that I had only two options, set aside the manuscript or … Continue reading What You Need To Do To Self-Publish
Every November, the online writing community is worked up into a frenzy about National Novel Writing Month also known as NaNoWriMo. In the weeks leading up to November, writers are frantically preparing an outline their new piece of work only breaking to tweet about their progress. For those not familiar with NaNoWriMo, it began in … Continue reading I Don’t Participate in NaNoWriMo and Here’s Why
I have done an update in some time. My personal life has been quite hectic these past six weeks, which has provided me with little time for my writing. But things have slowed down enough over the past two weeks to allow me to get back to my poor neglected manuscript. No matter what goes … Continue reading Manuscript Update
I was recently interviewed by the wonderful Barb Vitelli.
Author name: Willie Handler
Book: The Road Ahead
Bio: Willie Handler grew up in Toronto and did his undergraduate work at the University of Toronto. He also has graduate degrees from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto and the Fox School of Business at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He spent over thirty years in various positions in the Ontario public service. before leaving in 2011. He has a number of humorous short stories published online on CommuterLit and Show Me the Funny, as well as many articles published in professional trade journals. THE ROAD AHEAD is his first novel. Willie is currently working on funny story about a chef stranded on Mars who is rescued by two Martians.
Favorite thing about being a writer: I was a technical writer for much of my work career. Three…
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A Dummies Guide to Running for President Qualifications: There aren’t a lot of qualifications to becoming President of the United States. It’s not like you are applying for something like CEO of Apple or Amazon. You have to make sure you are at least 35 years old and a natural born United States citizen. You … Continue reading Preview of My Next Book
I’m sharing this post by my critique partner Karen because much of it reflects my own experience – the writing process, building confidence, the Twitter writing community.
I have discovered the best tip for writing a book. The only tip you will ever need to write an awesome novel. You may ask yourself, just one? Yep, just one. Ready? Here it comes:
Crazy, right? It’s way harder than it sounds. It’s going to take a lot of time and effort and creative energy and rewrites and rejection and edits and rewrites and joy and frustration and… did I mention rewrites? Sometimes you’ll wonder what you’re doing. You’ll feel like a hack. Like an amateur. But the only way to get better is to keep practicing.
I wrote the story that came to me knowing very little about how to pen a novel, and for many years, I kept my writing to myself. I made a ton of mistakes (revealing a major plot point in the first act IN A FLASHBACK? Girl…) I did entire overhauls…
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