Getting Laid

Like your mother always said, people judge you by how you look and speak, and if you mispronounce words or make grammar mistakes, lots of people (including your prospective boss, or that really cute guy at Starbucks) may assume that you are poorly educated (and possibly, just not very smart.) When you submit a manuscript … Read more

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