On the notion that if our moment in time were a story, nobody would believe a word of it.
How everything from 'The Stars My Destination' to 'Streets Of Fire' (and even 'Justice League', in a negative way!) fed into the making of my new novel.
How to seek out stories that intelligently confront the moral complexity of the 21st century.
Meaning, go straight to the good stuff and don't make people wait.
The more outside your bubble you have at your command, the more you have to answer any "what if?" in your work.
On the idea of: "Writers are liars and fabricators, but not b.s.'ers."
On how my friend and fellow writer Matt is against the idea of the "hook" as a narrative mechanism.
The point isn't to run away from what's around you, but to see something new despite it.
When does a story's logic hold fast, and when does it break?
If there's a thread in your story that begs to be pulled, pull it.
"A cliché is as much about the deployment and the mode of use as it is the item itself..."
The productivity virtues of keeping it simple, stupid.
The greatest stories make us emotional standard-bearers, not just emotional recipients.
On choosing an emotional resonance for a story.
Why was 'Justice League' only okay instead of epic? How could it have been made epic? Here's my plan.
On 'Justice League' itself. Beware spoilers.
Want to get to know your story? Pitch it to someone else.
Just because something's in your story doesn't mean that's what your story's about.
Getting beyond the trap of: "But what's your story about?" "Well, um ... "
Meaningless yet complex; simple yet shallow -- two ways to make a story founder.
What happens to a story idea deferred? Does it dry up?
I don't always know what will happen by the end of the story, but I do know how I want you to feel about it.
Why bad video game lore is a lot like bad pop culture: it embodies the wrong lessons.
How laying the ground rules for my new book almost ground me down.
"When any image is possible, no image is all that impressive anymore."
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind