The Golden Ticket – More on Writing Advice

People are perceived as more credible when they make eye contact and speak with confidence, no matter what they have to say. – Robert Levine, The Power of Persuasion The wonderful thing about being a newbie is also its biggest stumbling block: All of the people telling you what to do. If you want advice, there are a lot of …

Writers – Beware Writerly Advice

Here’s a single-page excerpt from Raymond Chandler’s Trouble Is My Business: Dorr said softly, meditatively: “Holding out, huh?” “Yes,” I said grimly. “While I have it I’m fairly safe. You overplayed your hand when you let me get my paws on it. I’d be a fool not to hold what advantage it gives me.” Dorr said: “Safe?” with a gently …

Book Review – The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer

When you gather data, you become informed. When you read, you develop wisdom. With The Well-Educated Mind, Susan Wise Bauer gracefully takes up the torch long held by Mortimer J. Adler, and becomes the modern advocate for purposeful reading. She gives us her own interpretation of what it means to “read well” and, thankfully, holds our hand a little more …

I'm not Good Enough

Is your writing ever paralyzed by that statement? I know it’s gotten me sometimes. All it takes is picking up a book you love and reading for a few minutes. Soon, you’ll be saying to yourself, “That settles it. No writing for me today! There’s no way I can match that, let alone improve on it. Find my own voice? …