It's a difficult thing, a solid thing, a hard thing: to let go. To release. But, decisions change the world.
Ad Copy & Poetry: Kissing Cousins
Ad copy and poetry are about emotion. What's the result? The old tricks work for both.
Tips for Consistent Quality Writing
There's a problem with doing something well: Once is rarely enough. When you do something well, two things can happen: Other people begin to expect more of you, and You begin to expect more of yourself For a writer, this can be great. A well-done piece deserves the admiration it receives, and you [...]
On Intransitive Emotions: Emotional Writing Practice
Writing emotions is complicated. Do all your characters' emotions make sense? Tips for writing fiction and nonfiction.
Write like the greats: Charles Bukowski
Emotion breaks across the page in poetry. I examine how Charles Bukowski hid vulnerability in his strength.
Writing Challenge: Include sensations of movement
The universe is in constant motion. This is my understanding of its oh-so-important laws of physics. Movement is as natural and as important to the world condition as anything. Whether writing fiction or nonfiction, it's important to address your characters movements through space. How can you describe the movements of people in their mannerisms and [...]
On the Bechdel Test
Realistically, not all conversations between characters of the same gender revolve around the opposite gender.
Fullness of Absence
Silence as a space to be filled or cherished - the very idea made me think. Isn't silence already full?
Thoughts On Vampires
Death is coming. For each of your characters. How will they live, knowing this truth? And what to do about vampires?
Editing for Creative Writing
Creativity is a gift. And a curse. Creative editors help writers make the most of their spark.