The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

Tag Archives: editing

Put your writing to the Screen Time Test

While we are all busy BLOGGING, instead of writing what we’re supposed to, I want to steal a concept from Hollywood (thanks, sis!) that all writers can use: Screen Time. This … Continue reading

May 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Red Pen of Doom puts a stake through TWILIGHT

CHAPTER ONE – FIRST SIGHT My mother drove me to the airport with the windows rolled down. It was seventy-five degrees in Phoenix, the sky a perfect, cloudless blue. (Fiction … Continue reading

April 28, 2015 · 8 Comments

Take this red pen and cut, just so

I’m looking for a few omega readers and editors to take a fresh look at a little something-something. Yes, the literary term is “beta editors,” but that’s not what we’re … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · 11 Comments

Reading times for famous book-like objects

Okay, I’m surprised that George R.R.R.R.R.R.R. Martin wins this contest, though for some reason they skipped over Stephen the King, who may be a literary god, but who also can … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · 15 Comments

WORD CRIMES by Weird Al is a writer’s anthem

Back in the day, Weird Al Yankovic was proudly, loudly weird. Today, he’s the master of parody videos, which keep getting better and better. This one is a dream for writers … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 9 Comments

Success is often accidental

How many times have you seen somebody trip, or do something stupid, then they act like, “Oh, I meant to do that?” The reverse is actually more interesting: you did … Continue reading

June 15, 2014 · 7 Comments

Bad Writing: The Six Horsemen of the Writepocalypse

Want to become a better writer? Learn from bad writing: how to spot it, how to fix it and how to prevent the disease from happening in the first place. … Continue reading

June 11, 2014 · 13 Comments

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