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How to Write (Well)

How to Write (Well)

Raymond Chandler said, “Technique alone is never enough. You have to have passion. Technique alone is just an embroidered potholder.” That’s why I believe that it’s not just clarity and grammar that make a piece excellent: it’s where you write from. Good writing comes from […]

Should You Write?

Should You Write?

How many of you have ever asked yourself if you should be writing? I mean in the sense that you’re not sure whether this is something you should even pursue. I have, so many times, and mainly when I’m not writing. Maybe I’m looking to be […]

Try Me, Don’t Tell Me

Try Me, Don’t Tell Me

Are you sick to death of hearing “show, don’t tell?” How about we try to make it so we never again see it in the margins of our drafts? Do it for the readers. I’ve found that writing that simply tells what’s going on, what happened in the […]

Going Deep Isn’t Just for Football

Going Deep Isn’t Just for Football

One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned—in fact, the most valuable lesson I’ve learned—from other writers is that good writers are willing to be split open, able to go to places they can’t speak about, dare to write about what they fear. This can […]

How Do You Know If Your Writing is Good?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my writerly pursuits, it’s that all writers, even bestselling ones, have times when they think their writing sucks. Elizabeth Gilbert wrote, “When I was writing Eat, Pray, Love, I had just as strong a mantra of THIS SUCKS ringing […]