The Writer’s Talismans

I come from a long line of people who regularly consult coffee grinds and confer with the dead, so I suppose that my accumulation of talismans, through the years, was inevitable.  Most I’ve collected, but some have been given to me. I could list them, even explain them, the eye of God, the yin/yang rattle, […]

Close, but no Cigar?

Pete Best – recognize the name? How about Ronald Wayne? Ring a bell? I thought not. But John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr—these are names you know. And Steve Jobs and Steve “Woz” Wozniak—you know them, too. Put simply, these are people who remade the world, who divided time into before and […]

11 Ways to Improve your Writing

1. Writers tell stories. That’s what the job requires. Self-expression, money, acceptance, fame, catharsis, purpose, might supply your inner drive, but they aren’t essential to the job of writing. 2. Don’t use twenty words when ten will do. Not sure what to take out? Ask yourself if a word, a phrase, a sentence, a paragraph, […]

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