The Miserably Fabulous Craft of Writing

Adding my own tuppen’orth here – a saying that spurs me on to just write something each day, anything at all: “The worst thing you write is better than the best thing you did not write.”

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I have a confession to make. The only Stephen King book I have ever read is his fabulous book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. That said, if you can only read one book about writing, this might be it. Mining some of my favorite gems from this work, I hope to help you polish your own rough stones.


“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” I can only echo a hearty “Amen!” Whether I’m working on a term paper, a short article, a book proposal, or an actual book, I always sit down and enter my title, my name, and anything else I know, just to avoid that blank page. Perfection is the enemy of writing. If that’s your initial aim, you’ll procrastinate and you won’t write. You’ll likely never read anything you’ve written and smile to yourself, “Well, there is absolutely NOTHING I can…

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Writing 201: Finding Your Key Moment

In week three, we’ll learn how to pinpoint the “aha!” moment in a draft, and scan existing material for hidden kernels that are worthy of expansion. We’ll also begin to think about structure — and …


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Is your story really a story?

As a writing coach and author of writing books and articles, I deal in numbers. Volume. Significant databases of writers and stories. Manuscripts, story plans, synopses, samples, story analysis and the hands-on witnessing of stories under development. And I’m here to tell you… … there’s trouble in River City. I see it, I read it, …


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