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What makes you keep reading?

On July 9, Goodreads posted an infographic cataloging reader responses to a survey. It’s a fascinating look at “The Psychology of Abandonment.” They asked readers: What books have you abandoned? Why do you abandon books? What makes you keep reading a...

Craft Matters

I spent the last three days at the Ventana Sierra Advanced Writer’s Workshop – wow! The biggest lesson I learned, a lesson that I heard over and over, was that mastering the craft of writing matters . . . a lot. I met and talked with writers like Ellen...

What’s a Blog?

A blog is a relatively new genre of writing, and blogs are everywhere on the net. The word blog comes from web + log. This post here is a blog post. “Blog” is also a verb. I can blog on my blog (which sounds kind of odd!) Okay, enough of that, back to the topic. A...

Read like a Writer

What does that mean, to read like a writer? It means that you have an entire university of writing instruction sitting right on your bookshelves . . . if you’ll just take the time to pay attention to those stacks of books. When we read as readers, we enjoy the...

Grammar Geek – Passive vs. Active Voice

Passive vs. active voice is something that writers talk about often but what is it? Essentially, it refers to what part of your sentence has the action. Let me give you an example. Imagine your friend, John, just walked into the room and thrown his pencil onto the...

Is it necessary to write EVERYDAY?

I think not, though I am contradicting many great writers here. Stephen King writes in his fabulous memoir On Writing that “when I’m writing, I write every day, workaholic dweeb or not. That includes Christmas, the Fourth, and my birthday.” This works for Stephen King...

Writing in a Coffee Shop

A while back, I ran an experiment to see if a change in location would inspire or stunt my writing, and I made a happy discovery . . . it helped! My chosen location was a coffee shop because just about every time I enter into one, I see people with laptops. Clearly,...

Clean Writing = Credibility

Have you ever read a story filled with spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors? Do you remember the content of that story or do you remember how difficult it was to read as you tried to translate the meaning? I’m willing to bet that you can recall the errors more so...