Finding the Angle

When my son laments the five paragraph essay he was assigned in school today, I remind him of this simple fact: YOU have the power to make writing fun.   Or tragic.  Or racy.  (Okay, if you’re writing an essay for World Geography, you might want to steer away from racy.)  It’s possible to write … Read more

Three Disasters and an Ending

Forget all that stuff they tell you at Writing Conferences about character arc, point of view, and pacing. The REAL secret to writing a story that people want to read is this: Three disasters and an ending. Whenever I find myself struggling with a scene that isn’t up to snuff, I try to take a … Read more

The Idiot’s Guide to Writer Workshops

As Joe Konrath loves to point out, “There’s a word for a writer who never gives up…published.” As an aspiring writer, everyone has something to tell you, some advice to give you, some secret to success, but I think Joe’s understated counsel is as good as it gets: Don’t give up. I have one more … Read more