Category Archives: Writing

It’s Fine As Long As It’s Perfect: Chapter Titles

“A common mistake authors make is choosing a title that has a particular meaning to them but that no one else understands. Choosing a title that sounds good but doesn’t clue readers in to what’s great about the book also … Continue reading

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Your Shoes

I’m taking an online course, Stunt Writing for Personal Growth. As I responded on an introductory survey, I’m taking the course because: 1. I’m writing a memoir but have not studied memoir writing with an instructor before; am interested in … Continue reading

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What’s In A Name

“A good title should be like a good metaphor: It should intrigue without being too baffling or too obvious.” — Walker Percy, quoted in The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published by Eckstut and Sterry — Last week I … Continue reading

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A Long Emergency

“I always wake with sentences pouring into my head. So getting to my desk every day feels like a long emergency. It’s a funny thing: people often ask how I discipline myself to write. I can’t begin to understand the … Continue reading

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In a Reading Phase

William Maxwell once wrote, in “The Writer as Illusionist: A Speech Delivered at Smith College March 4, 1955,” “Though the writer may from time to time entertain paranoiac suspicions about critics and book reviewers, about his publisher; and even about … Continue reading

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I originally saw this last week on Towleroad, shortly after David Rakoff died on August 9, but had not watched it until now. It’s an extremely moving monologue-dance piece that he performed for “This American Life: Invisible Made Visible” back … Continue reading

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The Considered Semicolon

She’s essentially a lady of dashes, I think, with lots of afterthoughts and sudden additions to what she’s saying, and not a lady of the considered semicolon … — Eudora Welty, about her character Edna Earle from The Ponder Heart — … Continue reading

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Reading List

I am gearing up to leave for this year’s installment of the BHI Writer’s Retreat, and I couldn’t be more excited. I will travel slowly; I will stay a week; I will work on chapter three of the book I … Continue reading

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