Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.
Conventional wisdom about writing is typically half-baked nonsense that: (a) takes 394-pages of text to explain, in insane detail, some writer’s system involving 3 x5 index cards, yellow highlighters and Lazy Susans, (b) tells writers to find their happy place and write at the same time every day, or (c) obsesses about microscopic details like split infinitives and dangling modifiers.*
This blog is meant to cut through all that garbage.
It’s a place for writers of all types — novelists and journalists, speechwriters and screenwriters — to strip away the window dressing and theories, to get down to the essential guts of all good writing. Which really is editing and structure.
Also, it’s an excuse to talk about (a) the real reasons why Snooki is famous, (b) how creative folks should use free ink and airtime to bust through and (c) why Norwegian zombie movies can teach us Very Important Things about storytelling.
I hope you find the blog useful, and entertaining. My promise to you: I shall never be Boring.**
*The Dangling Modifiers would be a great name for a punk rock band.
**Though it won’t be boring, the blog is safe for work and any random pookies you have, which means please do your part by keeping it clean in the comment section. No photos of Men in Kilts who’ve lost their kilts or comments that use all of the FCC’s Seven Dirty Words as adjectives, nouns, verbs, adverbs and prepositions. I don’t want to be the Comment Police, though I do enjoy deleting comments that are TSTL.
Also: It’s true this blog started out randomly, when I posted a craigslist ad to sell my beater Hyundai and learned that craigslist kills your ad after two weeks. The ad needed a home and my wicked smart sister said, “WordPress, you fool.” That silly ad went viral. Here it is: Epic Black Car deserves good owner; are you worthy?
Also-also: I hate semi-colons, so that may be the first and last time they ever get used here.
Also-cubed: Now, I do this for fun, and for free, so another possible title for this silly blog would be The Land of Crazy First Drafts, Full of Typos and Whatever, because this blog is not copy edited or anything. I HAVE NO TIME. If you see horrible offenses against the English language, please shout. By shouting, I mean “post a comment” so I can fix it. Thank you.
Reformed journalist. Scribbler of speeches and whatnot. Represented by Jill Marr of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.