Use Real Words

Use Real Words

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.

Thou Shalt Know Thy Audience

Thou Shalt Know Thy Audience

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).

Almost Famous: Who Am I Trying to Become?

Almost Famous: Who Am I Trying to Become?

I used to be famous. Back when I worked as a reporter for my hometown newspaper just after college, my daily front page stories garnered quite a reputation for me. I would be grocery shopping or attending church or covering another public event, and people would come up to me and …

Read and Respond: To a Reader

Read and Respond: To a Reader

Welcome, reader. Though I don’t always acknowledge you, I know you are there, just a few of you, and I want to say how very happy I am that you are reading. You are a big and growing part of why I write. Some days, it may not seem that way. I feel the same way. Some...