In our first songwriting exercise we began with a letter, writing to someone we feel intensely about, regarding something we feel intensely about. The...
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Bestselling novelist and essayist Ann Patchett recently wrote "The Getaway Car" (Byliner), "a practical memoir about the agony, ecstasy, and occasiona...
To say "I have writer's block" is to judge a temporary or permanent absence of writing momentum and productivity as wrong and therefore to see oneself as a failure in some way.
In the end a writer who doesn't know the grunt mechanics of punctuation, grammar, and syntax is like the professional sniper who's never fired a gun: something's gone hinky somewhere.
Writing is hard. But it's easy, too, like talking and baking. Baking isn't hard. It's the easiest thing to do in the kitchen, besides the microwave...
Some of the most read blogs in the world are worth millions and millions of dollars. These blogs were built by providing relevant and useful content overtime. That's it, plain and simple. Oh, and it should be fun.
Let the reader see it, and feel it. Let it unfold on the page. Let it breathe.
With the current excitement about the first volume of Mark Twain's autobiography to be published in November, I re-visited some pages of his quotes about writing I'd collected through the years.
I called Barbara and said, "I'm writing a series of blogs on the theme of surrender, because I can't do it. But I think you do."
Pia Lindstrom from Sirius Radio shocked me when she asked, "I was surprised by how much sex is in your book. You did it well. People say it's hard to write about sex. How'd you do it?"
It seems everybody wants to write like Jeffrey Fox. I framed Jeff Fox as the new Machiavelli, explaining to the princes of the 21st century how the business world really worked.
"How Far is the Ocean from Here," by Amy Shearn has to be the weirdest, funniest saddest road novel I've ever read. A single 20-something agrees to surrogate for a pair of cozy yuppies.
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