Category Archives: authors tips on good writing

How would you rediscover America?

Since I returned from my mini-Steinbeck odyssey, I’ve had the chance to read Peter Zheutlin’s (a festival guest speaker) soon-to-be-released book The Dog Went Over the Mountain. Motivated by John Steinbeck, Zheutlin took a cross-country trip in 2018 with his rescue dog Albie. The two traversed America in a convertible for over six weeks. Suffice…
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Do you have what it takes to be a Writer?

While cleaning out the papers in my office, I came across a notation I’d made in 2009: Writer’s Tool Belt Purpose Patience Passion Persistence All these will light the way to success! Truer words were never written. As much as we may want things to be exciting and glamorous in the writing world every single…
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A Humorous Look at the Writing Life from the AWP18 Conference

Because it’s Monday and I’m still recovering from a weekend of yardwork, this post is going to be about a less serious, but still relevant and useful, topic at the AWP18 conference. The discussion was titled “The Worst Writing Advice I Ever Got”.  Amazingly, bad advice is a huge part of the writing life. It’s…
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What Would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Think: Chaos or Community?

With the federal holiday acknowledging Dr. King and the 2017 presidential inauguration falling in the same week, the timing couldn’t be better for this question. Education, voting rights and educational and economic equality were all key tenets of Dr. King’s philosophy. However, prior to his death, many feel he was beginning to shift from using…
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