The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

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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

Top 9 reasons to write in first-person plural

Why nine? Because Top 10 lists are popular, and therefore Boring. But listen closely, for the case is strong for writing in the first-person plural, which we thought at first … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · 6 Comments

Do not look upon your #NaNoWriMo word count and despair, for there is hope

Say it’s your first time writing a novel, and you’re a smidge behind. On the 15th of November, you should’ve hit 25,000 words. Do not despair. Also: For those who’ve burned vacation … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · 7 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

The poetry of TEAM by Lorde

We live in an age when “Boom! Crash!” passes as a good foundation for the lyrics of a hit song. So this young upstart from NZ, Lorde, is quite refreshing in … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

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