Consider these three ways to Kill Your Readers

Murder of Crows

This is a guest post by author/editor Katharine Trauger You probably would prefer NOT to kill your readers. But you might be a reader murderer without realizing it. Here’s your personal “cheat sheet” for avoiding three hidden ways you might be killing your readers. Living readers love a well-written essay. You know those elegant pieces of […]

If you’ve ever written a story…

Saving Mr Banks movie

If you’ve ever written a story, Go see Saving Mr. Banks. If you’ve ever written a story about love, or about love and loss, or about joy and sorrow, whether your story was long or short, epic or small… If you’ve ever written a story that moved you to laughter or tears, Go see Saving […]

Writing and Weaving: How’s your warp and weft?

weaving a story

…the art of weaving has some strong parallels to the craft of writing Do you feel like your writing has become unexciting and one-dimensional? Sometimes we get so focussed with getting words onto paper that we forget to consciously work on our craft, and our writing begins to feel stale. Fortunately, thinking about your writing […]

Books: I found terror and awe in Straub’s Shadowland

Straub's Shadowland

How one book has influenced my thoughts on writing When I was nine, I stole my older sister’s copy of Salem’s Lot and that was it. I was hooked on horror. Ask me who my favorite author is, and I’ll say Stephen King with no hesitation. But my favorite book was written by King’s coauthor […]

Honest writing is about feeding the spirit, and so much more!

Teacher and classroom 1950s

Don’t ever let them teach you how to write! The implications of this statement are encouraging and thought provoking, to say the least. It’s a line that gets to the heart of the matter, forces us to sink our teeth into something deeper – beyond the scope of words, obliterated with “grammatically correct” verbiage… …because […]

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