Category: A Few Choice Words

“How to Improve Your Odds of Sticking to Your Writing Resolutions”
On the evening news not long ago a fitness guru offered three tips to improve your chances of sticking to your fitness goals in the New...
“How to Improve Your Odds of Sticking to Your Writing Resolutions”
What’s the Big Deal about Leading a Writers’ Workshop?
Well, I’ll tell you. It probably teaches you as much as it does the other participants. Perhaps more. I led a workshop Saturday for my...
What’s the Big Deal about Leading a Writers’ Workshop?
“Why You Should Battle the Proofreading Ogre and How to Manage the War”
Proofreading is so much more than reviewing text for errors. It is a masochistic activity that follows close on the heels of the euphoria...
“Why You Should Battle the Proofreading Ogre and How to Manage the War”
“Ten Habits of Effective Writing Critiquers”
Creative writing workshops can be a place where writers help colleagues shape their written work so that it effectively communicates the...
“Ten Habits of Effective Writing Critiquers”
“Seven Reasons to Attend a Writers’ Conference”
If you have never been to a writers’ conference, you are missing great opportunities.  You don’t need to be a writer to...
“Seven Reasons to Attend a Writers’ Conference”
An Interview with Alan Rinzler
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Alan Rinzler, who has had a long and successful career as an acquisitions editor and executive...
An Interview with Alan Rinzler
What’s the Big Deal about Your Inner Critic?
Well, I’ll tell you: she’s taking up space in your head that could be put to better use. And thanks to Robert Dugoni, I learned to tell...
What’s the Big Deal about Your Inner Critic?
“Pick Up a Baton and Orchestrate Your Characters!
Are your characters earning their place in your fiction? When they appear on the page do they make your story move? If you said...
“Pick Up a Baton and Orchestrate Your Characters!
Eight Reasons to Consider Pursuing an MFA
  Okay, in advance, I confess. I have an MFA. You may detect a bit of bias in favour of MFAs in what follows.  So be it. Here are...
Eight Reasons to Consider Pursuing an MFA
What’s the Big Deal about Public Readings of Your Writing?
Well, I’ll tell you: dry mouth, sweaty armpits, and the urge to call for your Mom. And the reason, of course, is that you are taking the...
What’s the Big Deal about Public Readings of Your Writing?
“Three Decisions to Make about Viewpoint in Fiction”
You have a fabulous idea for a short story, perhaps a novel. You have a rough outline — or not, but you know how the story is going...
“Three Decisions to Make about Viewpoint in Fiction”