Your Manuscript Format Reveals Your Mindset

As a writer, what matters more than talent, even more than hard work, is your mindset. (You need all three; in order of importance it goes mindset, hard work, talent.) Professionals can smell amateurs coming at them from a hundred miles away. Let’s look closely, very closely, at the simplest example of how this plays […]

Be Generous to Be a Better Writer

Christmas Day has come, and my gift to you, as it is every Tuesday, is a new episode of my podcast, Writing the Wrong Way. Last week, I tackled the topic of productivity, and this week (in keeping with the holiday), I want to talk about generosity.  I believe writers should be generous. At its […]

Angie Abdou on Research for Fiction Writers — 017

Angie Abdou discusses the research process for fiction writing. Writing the Wrong Way with Jonathan Ball, PhD is the perfect podcast for serious writers who want to stand out in a crowded industry by becoming more productive while taking more artistic risks. Jonathan Ball, an author with a PhD in literature, interviews writers, screenwriters, musicians, […]

Making Comics with GMB Chomichuk, part 2 — 016

GMB Chomichuk talks making comics, his graphic novel trilogy MIDNIGHT CITY, how to have a creative career, and his newest project: a graphic novel for the Japanese band BABYMETAL. This is part 2 of a 2-part episode. Part 1 is available here Writing the Wrong Way with Jonathan Ball, PhD is the perfect podcast for […]

Making Comics with GMB Chomichuk, part 1 — 015

GMB Chomichuk talks making comics, his graphic novel trilogy MIDNIGHT CITY, how to have a creative career, and his newest project: a graphic novel for the Japanese band BABYMETAL. This is part 1 of a 2-part episode. Part 2 is available here Writing the Wrong Way with Jonathan Ball, PhD is the perfect podcast for […]

Eden Robinson on Crafting the Trickster Trilogy — 014

Eden Robinson discusses the crafting of her Trickster Trilogy, after the release of its second book, and teases some of the aspects of the unpublished third and final volume. Writing the Wrong Way with Jonathan Ball, PhD is the perfect podcast for serious writers who want to stand out in a crowded industry by becoming […]

The Second Sex (Michael Robbins)

Michael Robbins’s The Second Sex, like his previous collection, Alien vs. Predator, seems to have grown out of a compost heap in which popular culture and the poetic tradition have been tossed aside to rot. Robbins’s style combines a dense, Simpsons-like pace of allusions with extreme formal rigour and a casual, almost careless attitude. Robbins […]