Remember grammar school? Most of the material was pretty basic, but I’m guessing you can easily pinpoint the subject that caused you the most angst. For me, it was geography. I found myself amused that The United States resembled a decapitated Thanksgiving turkey lying on its side, but ask me what was inside its borders […]
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When writing a book, one burning book writer question will inevitably be, “To eBook or tBook?” “Screen or page?” “Updated or antiquated?” I must admit, I am a sucker for the traditional book. The sound of pages brushing against one another, the smell of the ink, the heaviness in my hand…when I crack open a book, I hear […]
Ghostwriters, picture these: sensitive bank robbers who are good fathers (and mothers); nuns who steal lacy underwear; doctors, lawyers, psychologists, veterinarians, and pastors who cheat and the ghostwriters who help them do it. These must be characters in a short story I’m working on, right? Personalities with unexpected qualities…a little something to give them depth and interest, […]
A story that’s short on words can be exceptional when it’s big on backstory and residual emotion. Here’s the shortest one I’ve ever read, and I repeat it like a mantra of all my blessings: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Ernest Hemingway It visits me when a baby is born…and when a baby isn’t. It haunts […]
This is a shout-out to all you ghostwriters who aspire to short story, novella, and novel writing. Whether you’ve been supplementing your byline-writing income with some words on the down-low or you’re using your stint as a ghostwriter to hone your skills, listen up. This is a lesson from the streets, a hands-on snub to classroom learning. I’ve attended […]