The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

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

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

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

The Red Pen of Doom harpoons MOBY DICK by Herman Melville

Now, this classic book is so ingrained in our culture that movies can get all deep and interesting simply by alluding to a metaphor–which is like a simile, only different–that … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · 9 Comments

The Red Pen of Doom shoots up Train’s DRIVE BY

Here is an interesting song, and I mean “interesting” in a tragic, train-wreck sort of way. Because it’s a decent melody by a good band with some of the WORST … Continue reading

April 9, 2012 · 71 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