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Chris Orcutt’s Favorite Short Stories

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the backstory of my short story collection The Man, The Myth, The Legend, explaining…

Backstory: The Story Behind Chris Orcutt’s The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Between 2010 and 2011, I wrote over thirty short stories, many of which appeared in The Man, The Myth, The…

On the Virtues of Being Able to Write Anywhere

Compared to other novelists I know or have read about, I’m something of an anomaly: I’m a novelist who can…

Backstory: The Story Behind the Second Dakota Stevens mystery, The Rich Are Different — Part 2

Last week, in Part 1 of the story behind The Rich Are Different, I described my experiences during 9/11 in Manhattan…

Backstory: The Story Behind the Second Dakota Stevens mystery, The Rich Are Different — Part 1

The novel that became The Rich Are Different was written during the winter of 2001–02, over a year before I…

Writing in Asian Restaurants

I’m writing this blog entry in one of my favorite Asian restaurants: Momiji in Rhinebeck, NY. I’m not exactly sure…

Backstory: The Story Behind the First Dakota Stevens Mystery, A Real Piece of Work

A Real Piece of Work and the entire Dakota Stevens Mystery Series might never have happened were it not for…

FREE Giveaway! — A Sneak-Preview of the Prequel to The Dakota Stevens Mystery Series

The story of how Dakota Stevens and Svetlana Krüsh met and became an investigative team is one that has haunted…

My Prodigiously Convoluted Yet Miraculously Productive Low-Tech Writing Process — Part 2 — With a Few Modest Writing Secrets

In the first installment of this piece, I described the first half of my writing process: Writing the first draft…

My Prodigiously Convoluted Yet Miraculously Productive Low-Tech Writing Process — Part 1

I’m writing this blog entry on my latest piece of low-tech equipment, an Olivetti Lettera 32 typewriter. All told, I…

Backstory: The Story Behind Perpetuating Trouble

The opening sentence of Perpetuating Trouble is absolutely true: “I was told to write this book by a pair of…

Do Less, Achieve More

In recent weeks, there has been a lot of positive activity regarding my latest book, my memoir of the writing…

Being a Novelist Isn’t a Job, It’s a Lifestyle

Back in December, after having completed the first draft of a 550,000-word, 1,600-page novel, I took a nearly month-long vacation…

Perpetuating Trouble: I’m Livin’ the Dream! Or Am I?

I’m pleased to announce the release of my personal memoir about the writing life, Perpetuating Trouble. I’ve been working on this…

Procrastination as a Rarefied Art Form

A brief excerpt from my new humorous memoir, coming out this fall: I can’t speak for all blocked writers, but…

The Role of Scaffolding in Writing a Long Novel

I’m currently 250,000 words into a novel that looks like it will go to 300,000 words. It could go as…

WANTED: A 21st Century Author Promoter

UPDATE (2/10/2018): This position has been filled by longtime professional collaborator Lisa DeSpain of Book2Bestseller.com. I love writing. I love…

The Ronald And Other Plays: A Political Satire of How Trump Won the Presidency

Today I’m pleased to announce the release of The Ronald And Other Plays, a collection that includes five short plays and…

New Year, New Work

Back in December I released the latest installment in the Dakota Stevens Mystery Series, The Perfect Triple Threat. I spent most…

The Writer with the Master Number Clears the Deck

Two years ago, when I released the 3rd Dakota Stevens installment, I read one of those rare books that gave…