The Best Books I’ve Read on the Writing Life

There comes a time in every aspiring writer’s life that they decide they want to learn writing from the best writers out there. And that means reading books on writing by successful and well-loved authors. Fortunately, there are plenty of options to choose from. It seems that nearly every successful and established writer has written […]

(Re)Write What You Know – A Twist on Writer’s Advice

A common bit of writing advice that you will find if you read books on writing or attend a writer’s conference is this: Write what you know. I’m not refuting that bit of advice in this post, but I do want to offer a little twist on the main idea. First of all, let’s discuss […]

The Importance of Being Present as a Writer

The life of a writer seems almost extravagant at times. I don’t mean that I sleep in every morning, wake up only when I feel like it, then walk or drive around in search of inspiration for writing. I don’t spend hours sitting outside an overly expensive coffee shop sipping a mocha latte and writing […]

11 Things Every Writer Should Know about Kindle Vella

If you are an aspiring or established writer, and especially if you are a self-published author, you’ll want to know all about Kindle Vella. It’s a new publishing platform on Amazon where you can publish serialized stories one episode at a time. In April of this year, I received an email from Kindle Direct Publishing […]

Nine Steps to Being a Miserable Writer

I don’t know who originally came up with this “writing advice” … But it’s all true, and useful suggestions to help you on the path to becoming a better writer. Because you have enough difficulties in life without growing miserable because of choices you are making in the realm of writing. Let’s look at the […]

16 Tips on Tightening Your Writing

Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects […]

13 Tips on How to Become a Better Writer

Here is the shortlist on ways to grow into a better writer:
Read Widely
Read Deeply
Conduct Research
Seek a Writing Community
Interact with “Better Writers”
Teach Someone Else about Writing
Don’t Stop at the First Draft
Give Your Writing Time to Grow
Get an Editor to Improve in Your Writing
Don’t Completely Rely on an Editor to “Fix” Poor Writing
Educate Yourself about the Craft of Writing
Find Your Writing Rhythms
Have Fun Writing!