How Did She Say That?

Writing should be a visual endeavor. Let your reader get lost in the pictures of your story. If your protagonist is a young woman with something to say, don’t stop with the dialogue. If she says: “I’ll need to think about that.” Show her saying it.  Does she put her hands on her hips, staring…

Write a Horrible First Draft

Among the best advice I’ve received on writing is the admonition to give yourself permission to “Write a shi—y first draft.”  I believe it was Stephen King’s advice in On Writing, but it could have been Anne Lamott (whose Bird by Bird is a wonderfully entertaining discourse on the writing process, authors, and publishing – highly recommended).  The point…

Who Said This About Writer’s Block?

I recall that an author made the following observation about writer’s block, but I can’t remember who it was.  If you know, please tell me.  It goes something like this: My father was a truck driver. Every working day, for over thirty years, he climbed behind the wheel, adjusted his mirrors, started the engine and…