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.¬†So 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 · 20 Comments

Good things come in small, funny packages

Long is the enemy of all that is funny and good. Writing long will suck the life out of your words and ideas.¬†Embrace short and pithy. Hug the glory of … Continue reading

June 28, 2012 · 1 Comment

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 · 50 Comments

Friendly Friday: Gwen the Hernandez, Scrivener Goddess

Chances are, anybody writing a novel, screenplay or regular-old play has come to love and hate Word. Mostly hate. Whenever a piece gets long and complicated, Word starts to fail … Continue reading

March 30, 2012 · 21 Comments

Writers, we are doing it BACKWARDS

Oh, it kills me to say this: we are doing it backwards. Maybe you’re the exception to the rule. Perhaps you’re that rare writer who figured this out 10 years … Continue reading

March 28, 2012 · 30 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

Vonnegut, Einstein and a Grand Unified Theory of Writing

Kurt Vonnegut was the Man. Go back and read his books. DO IT NOW. Once you’ve read his books, and fully appreciate his literary genius, you can watch this low-definition … Continue reading

October 21, 2011 · 6 Comments