Writer’s Block

No Excuses

Let’s face it. Writer’s Block isn’t a reality, it’s nothing but an excuse us writers hide behind when we aren’t able to stare down the blank page. It’s a handy concept to haul out when you find yourself mired in your own mud. Writing is hard, no question about it. As Stephen Fischer says, “The […]

Writing Strategies

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Those who write can, those who can’t write about it.  That’s the plain and simple fact. If you can’t make money writing, you have to try making money writing about writing. Make up stuff about how to write and develop strategies to aid writers. You think I’m off base? Ask one of these self-appointed writing […]

Best Writing Prompt – ass in the chair!

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The best one is simple, get out of your damn bed, put your ass in the chair, turn on your machine and start to type. No going on Facebook, checking your email, Twittering pals or watching the Today show. Can’t take a quick run, make another pot of coffee, call a buddy or cut your […]

Nasty Traps Writers Can Fall Into

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Writing is such a tricky business there are probably hundreds more out there waiting to ensnare us. But I’m going to give you a couple that have nailed me at one time or another. I’ll start with the ones that only inflict minor flesh wounds and progress to the traps that will really do you […]

Writing Tip #2 This-ing

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This-ing is using a catchall word to make the going easy. “He didn’t like being treated like this.” What’s this? You know what you mean, but the reader doesn’t. That’s lazy writing, leaving the reader to do the work. “This caused Thomas to make a wrong turn.” Instead of, “What Thomas saw in the road […]

How To Wreck Writing

Copy Editing

In the ad biz, inane comments and edits were expected. My best was when a top-level client asked me to change “Be Like Mike” to “Be Like Michael”. Taken aback when I refused, he asked me why. And I told him, “Because ‘Be Like Michael’ doesn’t rhyme. His response was a huffy and dismissive, “You […]

Writing Tip #1: Avoid The Repeating Trap

Writing Tip 1

Writing is such a tricky business there are probably a hundred more out there waiting to ensnare us. But in five articles, I’m going to give you some traps that have nailed me at one time or another. I’ll start with the ones that only inflict minor flesh wounds and progress to the traps that will really […]