A couple of years ago during an all-out brother war at our house – a war in which both boys had contributed their fair share of the strife – I was trying to broker peace by explaining the role each had played. Read more
Many writers I know, myself included, tend to steer clear of the so-called STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering, and math. But when it comes to getting words on a page, most of us would do well to tap into our left brain a little more often.
The advice to “know your audience” has become so essential to the writing process, so revered by the writing advice-givers, that it should probably be memorialized in granite at the Writing Advice Hall of Fame (if there were such a place). Read more
Writing is about more than just finished work. You don’t start an essay and then magically finish it. In fact, the “writing” started long before you began choosing words, and it will continue on long after, too.
Tucked inside three layers of folders on my Google Drive in a document I’ve titled “Notes” is the genesis of my “next big writing project.” For the past few weeks, I’ve been tossing in quotes and vignettes. I’ve written some introductory thoughts. Read more
I am addicted to email. Actually, I don’t really like email all that much. Mostly, I’m addicted to checking email, to receiving that surprise invitation or the much anticipated response to something I’ve written. Recently, when I submitted a book proposal around to several publishers, I was checking email in record frequency. Read more
This week, I received an email from a blogger and writing coach who regularly encourages writers to excel in their calling. I found her about a year ago, and enjoyed the many articles and resources she provided. This latest message, though, was a goodbye letter. She was taking a break, indefinitely, from her work. Read more
Write what you know. Show don’t tell. Write every day. Avoid the passive voice. Know your audience. Revise, revise, revise. Read more
For the past several months, I’ve been growing herbs on the windowsill in my kitchen. I have a spindly basil plant that was full of leaves until last weekend when I made a tomato, cucumber, and basil salad and stripped him halfway bare. Not to worry: he’s happily sprouting dozens of new little buds that will soon season a summer full of salads in the Craig house. Read more
The writing life can be hard, and like most other things that are worthwhile, occasionally you’ll want to quit. I’ve been there myself a few times. But often what makes the writing life hard boils down to three things: finding time to write, knowing what to write about, and what to make a priority in your writing life. Read more