As a writer, email is my preferred mode of communication. I used to get a panic attack calling to order a pizza. My aunt once described me as smart, weird, and socially awkward. I tried to argue but couldn’t. Not in person anyway. Also as a writer, I can spend way too much time rereading [...]
I just love this piece in Slate showing photographs of New Yorkers reading books and insight from the photographer. As a writer it’s heartening to know there will always be a market for good writing, and as a reader it’s good to know I’m not the only one out there.
I remember taking [...]Continue Reading →
It’s hard for me to pick favorites—all of these are so good—but two that especially stuck with me:
“Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.”
“Whatever [...]Continue Reading →
As a grammar nerd, I was delighted to see this article in the Wall Street Journal pointing out yet another way that good writing adds literal value to the professional world. The bottom line of the analysis:
“Perfect” listings—written in full sentences without spelling or grammatical errors—sell three [...]Continue Reading →
Dialogue is just one of those things you can’t get wrong. If your characters don’t sound real or sound interesting, your reader will not stick around. It’s a heck of a lot easier to shut a book than walk away from a real person who’s talking.
Some writers are naturals at capturing the voice and [...]Continue Reading →
Great little account of a genre writer who delves into the MFA world…will she survive or will the MFAs forever pit themselves against pop lit? On the other hand, will the MFAs survive? Read for an interesting piece that raises some good questions and in the end gives some down-to-earth insight.Continue Reading →
If you’ve been thinking of writing a memoir or simply starting a personal journal but you don’t know where to start, here are three really straightforward exercises that will help you cut to the chase and focus on the most compelling elements of your personal story. Even if you are more interested in [...]Continue Reading →
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