Tag Archives: James Scott Bell

SAY, WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS?

Once again, James Scott Bell has reeled me in to his topic du jour over at The Kill Zone. Today he waxed eloquent about the treacherous path from idea to story. Seems he had an idea for a full chapter some years ago, so he wrote it down. Then he set it aside as other projects commanded […]

AM I A WRITER OR WHAT?

Yesterday over at TheKillZone.com, James Scott Bell posted a blog about the moment one decides to become a writer. He included this provocative excerpt from Jack London’s semi-autobiographical novel Martin Eden: And then, in splendor and glory, came the great idea. He would write. He would be one of the eyes through which the world […]

SELF-DOUBT? I DOUBT IT.

Over at the Kill Zone today, James Scott Bell posted a very articulate blog about self-doubt among writers. According to Jim, virtually all writers are gripped with fear for most of their lives, 100% certain that they will be exposed as frauds or worse. Even the likes of Stephen King, Jim says, live in fear […]

L.A. CONFERENTIAL

Yesterday afternoon, I returned from Los Angeles, where I attended the Left Coast Crime conference. It was held at the Omni Hotel downtown, and despite the sky-high room rates and costs of everything else inside the hotel, the conference itself was, in my opinion, a smash. First of all, despite many trips to LA in […]

BALD-FACED LIAR…NO, WAIT… “CREATIVE WRITER”

Jeff Pierce of The Rap Sheet (http://therapsheet.blogspot.com) has named me, along with six other unfortunates, to participate in the Bald-Faced Liar (aka “Creative Writer”) Blogger Award.  Never being one to sidestep a chance to lie, I gladly accepted. There are a few simple rules, and they are: • Thank the person who gave this to […]