The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

The past, present and future of news

This post is like X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, except with printing presses and the web instead of Hugh Jackman. We’ll go back in time, return to the present and … Continue reading

June 22, 2016 · 6 Comments

CHARACTER ISSUES – A new column in Criminal Element

I love advice columns, especially when the questions are incredibly minor, quirky or insane. Across the pond, they call these advice columnists Agony Aunts, which is perfect. Dear Abby has … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Red Pen of Doom takes on GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird is a classic novel that turned into an amazing film. So when news broke that Harper Lee, who never published another novel, was coming out with … Continue reading

April 6, 2016 · 3 Comments

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

WIP It Good–September 1 to January 1

So I’ve written love letters to editors (The evil secret to ALL WRITING – editing is everything) and taken my red pen to the first page of many novels. Three … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · 3 Comments

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 · 9 Comments

Six smart steps after #NaNoWriMo

Don’t bother with sending your novel around for beta readers to chew on, editors to edit and proofers to proof. You’ve got 50,000 golden words, right? THEY MUST BE SEEN … Continue reading

November 30, 2014 · 11 Comments
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