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.
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. 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 I HAVE NO TIME. If you see horrible offenses against the English language, please shout so I can fix it. Thank you.