Tag: writer

It Wasn’t Me

That moment on book tour when you’re on your way to a county jail to discuss reading, writing, and self-employment with a group of men behind bars and this sign is posted 300 yards from the front door. They had some questions… Thank you to the literacy volunteers, county staff, and law enforcement crew who…View post

Headed to Tucson

My presentation will be in the Arizona Daily Star tent, Saturday March 2, 11:30 a.m., and is advertised as follows: Writing From the Middle of Nowhere: A Freelance Life Best-selling author and longtime freelance writer Michael Perry will share a humorous, frank, off-beat look at writing for a living in “flyover” America. Using a tractor…View post

Writer’s Manual

I’m not big into writing “tricks.” Mainly, you just do the work. But sometimes when I’m stuck I shut down the electronics, get out one of my manual typewriters, and bang away. No filter, no brakes, no backspace insta-edits. Just cover the paper with words. Long stretches of worthless clatter, sure, but invariably the dross…View post

DANGER: MAN WORKING (Introduction)

Pre-order this book now, right here. Introduction Every writer has advice for aspiring writers. Mine is predicated on formative years spent cleaning my father’s calf pens: Just keep shoveling until you’ve got a pile so big, someone has to notice. The fact that I cast my life’s work as slung manure simply proves that I…View post