The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

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 · 29 Comments

Stretch your editing muscles

Proofing for boo-boos is easy. Line editing is tougher. Structural editing is the toughest. So let’s play around with a little flash fiction from Joey’s contest and see what we … Continue reading

May 9, 2012 · 4 Comments

The secret truth about writing

When was the last time you went to a movie and wanted to stay behind and watch it again? What was the last political stump speech that made you laugh … Continue reading

April 25, 2012 · 51 Comments

Storytelling insights from 3 minutes of glorious film WITH SUBTITLES

Because I am not a pretentious nancypants, I don’t typically watch movies with subtitles. They are in black-and-white, with people smoking French cigarettes while speaking French and watching things happen … Continue reading

February 2, 2012 · 11 Comments