Cliche: Plagiarism out on Parole?

Writers create. We struggle to dream what hasn’t yet been dreamed; to fashion something with our brains that is strange and wonderful and utterly fantastic to the senses. It must have never before existed until it was conceived of our minds; birthed by our hands. All that sounds terribly romantic. But occasionally, even the best writer […]

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I’m Like, Running out of, Like, Room on the, Like, Page

Is it the new um? It is a sad side effect of the classic valley girl mockery, “Like, O my God,” in annoying So Cal upspeak? Is it a reason to beat the 60s pulp out of Shaggy? Last Sunday, my husband, my son, and I attended a human sexuality conference for seventh graders. They spoke out against womanizing, […]

Truman Capote: Journalistic Sinner or Novelistic Saint?

In 1966, Truman Capote’s novel In Cold Blood was published. This creative account of Kansas’ 1959 Clutter murders instilled fear; it raised hackles — and even though it trampled on ethics and our basic comprehension of truth, it would tear open the earth and drop the seed for what we know today as creative non-fiction. […]

Hiring a Ghostwriter Who Boils for You

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When hiring a ghostwriter, professionals and would-be authors can easily be disillusioned by ghostwriting job requirements. One would think that an English degree, impeccable grammar, and speed are of the utmost importance in the ghostwriting process. One would think. But sometimes, as in the case of the grammatical faux pas I’ve just committed, some cold-and-hard rules […]

Show Don’t Tell: an Excuse to Stare and Eavesdrop

Your creative writing teacher said, “Show Don’t Tell.” All the advice you’ve read on honing your fiction repeated, “Show Don’t Tell.” And just when you thought you couldn’t stand another piece of advice that you’re helpless to employ, a blog writer writes, “Show Don’t Tell.” I know, I know. What does Show Don’t Tell even mean? […]