The Red Pen of Doom

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Some of my favorite editors OF ALL TIME

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.┬áSo come closer and listen to what I’ve learned from experience: Editors are a writer’s best friend. Not when they’re … Continue reading

November 15, 2013 · 20 Comments

I won some literary award, and it was awesomesauce

Every fiction writer should do three things: 1) Go to writing conferences – to learn all they can, make friends and put a serious dent in the hotel bar’s supply … Continue reading

August 1, 2013 · 18 Comments

Writers: can you do it in FOUR WORDS?

That’s the acid test for every writer: four words. If somebody in line with you for the Largest Latte Known to Man asks what you’re working on, can you explain … Continue reading

December 12, 2012 · 25 Comments

Why critique groups MUST DIE

Every writer gets the notion — from college, from movies, from the Series of Tubes — that they should be in a critique group. This notion is seven separate types … Continue reading

May 5, 2012 · 60 Comments

Why are all writers lazy bums?

I don’t really think writers are lazy bums. I just want us all to talk about the elephant in the living room. Why does writing TAKE SO LONG? The average … Continue reading

November 16, 2011 · 29 Comments

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