The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

Some of my favorite editors OF ALL TIME

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.┬áSo come closer and listen to what I’ve learned from experience: Editors are a writer’s best friend. Not when they’re … Continue reading

November 15, 2013 · 21 Comments

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

Why critique groups MUST DIE

Every writer gets the notion — from college, from movies, from the Series of Tubes — that they should be in a critique group. This notion is seven separate types … Continue reading

May 5, 2012 · 63 Comments

Why are all writers lazy bums?

I don’t really think writers are lazy bums. I just want us all to talk about the elephant in the living room. Why does writing TAKE SO LONG? The average … Continue reading

November 16, 2011 · 29 Comments