The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

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 · 9 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

WORD CRIMES by Weird Al is a writer’s anthem

Back in the day, Weird Al Yankovic was proudly, loudly weird. Today, he’s the master of parody videos, which keep getting better and better. This one is a dream for writers … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 9 Comments

Success is often accidental

How many times have you seen somebody trip, or do something stupid, then they act like, “Oh, I meant to do that?” The reverse is actually more interesting: you did … Continue reading

June 15, 2014 · 7 Comments

Bad Writing: The Six Horsemen of the Writepocalypse

Want to become a better writer? Learn from bad writing: how to spot it, how to fix it and how to prevent the disease from happening in the first place. … Continue reading

June 11, 2014 · 13 Comments