February 17th, 2017

Drive On, Writers – Reasons to Keep Plugging

James Preston I want to tell you a story. No, not one I wrote, one I lived. This story is an illustration of a lifetime of reading, and a story that I bet you read and say, “Why, yes, I remember a book like that.” This story illustrates the seismic changes that we have witnessed. […]

April 8th, 2015

Reading as a Writer — Is It Different?

James Preston

When I was growing up I read a lot.

I had a pattern, a way that I approached books that just evolved sort of on its own. I’d read for a while, get to a really good part and then go off and do something else, something mindless. Often I’d dig a hole. […]

December 1st, 2014

Writing Conference Wisdom: A Whirlwind of Speed Dating

James Preston

We write to entertain, to share our experience, or because we have a story that simply must be told. But it’s not easy. Let’s be honest. If you studied piano for the same number of hours you put into your writing you could at least pound out “Jingle Bells” at the company […]

July 13th, 2012

Slicing the Salami ~ When Is It DONE?

Writers in the Storm welcomes James R. Preston, mystery writer, for our Friday the 13th blog. Could be scary stuff, but personally, I think James is part comedy writer, and we couldn’t be luckier to have his help with a question we’ve all wrestled with.

Slicing the Salami Or, “When is It Done?”

by James […]