WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

There’s something for every writer in this little volume

Of course he says that, you might say. He’s trying to sell some books. But it’s actually true. My two writer pals and I get deep into the weeds on … Continue reading

March 10, 2020 · 3 Comments

Live on KDP: Close to Perfect–How to Write and Publish Your Novel

Well whataya know about that? Today’s launch day for Close to Perfect! This here novella-length book is a chat between three writers I’ve known for a long time, and we … Continue reading

March 3, 2020 · 4 Comments

A new nonfiction project comin’ down the pike!

Coming soon, my new nonfiction project, Close to Perfect: How to Write and Publish Your Novel. Here’s the gist: Thank goodness novelist Kevin Brennan (Parts Unknown, Yesterday Road, Eternity Began … Continue reading

February 20, 2020 · 6 Comments

Asking for a friend …

Actually, no. I’m asking for myself. Long-time readers of What The Hell know I’ve been at this now—writing a writing blog about writing and blogging—for almost seven years. In the … Continue reading

January 13, 2020 · 33 Comments

Writing is like busking … or can be

This article about a San Francisco busker reminds me of my long-ago days of busking in the London Underground when I was a student. This guy says he averages about … Continue reading

December 26, 2019 · 2 Comments

Zadie gets it right

Somehow you need to get your hands on a copy of the October 24th edition of The New York Review of Books so you can read Zadie Smith’s piece, “Fascinated … Continue reading

December 19, 2019 · 3 Comments

Yes, I’m using the California power outage to try and sell some books!

In case I haven’t mentioned it lately, I have a new book out that deals with climate change and the way our political system is handling (or not handling) it. … Continue reading

October 14, 2019 · 8 Comments