The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

Tag Archives: Fiction

Why MAKE ME by Lee Child gets graded on a curve

I can’t count how many hardcover Reacher novels line the top shelf of my library. Lee Child is that good. MAKE ME is his latest novel about Reacher, and it’s … Continue reading

October 2, 2015 · 5 Comments

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

Give me something, something I can read

I’ve got a long road trip and 10 days of no exercise allowed after a spot of surgery (it’s not a tumor!). So I need things to read.¬†You know, book-like … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · 25 Comments

The Red Pen of Doom harpoons MOBY DICK by Herman Melville

Now, this classic book is so ingrained in our culture that movies can get all deep and interesting simply by alluding to a metaphor–which is like a simile, only different–that … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · 8 Comments

Six ways to fix NEVER GO BACK by Lee Child

Let’s say it: Lee Child has a Superman problem. His hero, Reacher, is beloved by fans for having the brains of Sherlock Holmes and the body of Conan the Barbarian. … Continue reading

September 5, 2013 · 8 Comments

I threw it on the ground — why people stop reading books

Like you, dear reader, I devour books. I eat them for breakfast, munch on them for lunch and blast through an endless buffet of books in bed, waiting for the … Continue reading

July 13, 2013 · 20 Comments

Writing secret: all you need is CURIOSITY and SURPRISE

Whether you write novellas about fierce mermaids, magazine stories for Cosmo (insert your own joke here) or speeches about the Austrian school of economics for the IMF — whatever sort … Continue reading

August 30, 2012 · 14 Comments

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