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March 28, 2012, 1 Comment

The Mexico City sky shined a clear, bright blue, an especially beautiful day in a metropolis better known for heavy smog. I had just left a corner coffee shop where […]

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To Every Book, Its Own Format

June 3, 2011, Leave a Comment

In a room full of bookworms, fear was running high that the End of Books is near as eReaders and digital technology makes the deckled-edge, leather-bo ...

The Chapter Outline: Part I

June 24, 2010, 1 Comment

You’ve got a great book idea and 300 pages sprawling before you to fill. Now what? Getting started on a book project can be overwhelming for even th ...

Show, Don’t Tell

June 10, 2010, 1 Comment

In a story called “German Inn-Keepers,” published in The Toronto Daily Star in 1922, Ernest Hemingway gives a traveler’s account of hunting for ...

  • Fantastic First Lines
    May 27, 2010, Leave a Comment

    I won’t judge a book by its cover, but I will by its first line. I’ve developed a habit. Open the book jacket, flip to the first chapter. If the […]

  • A Review of “The Diamond Cutter”
    May 3, 2010, Leave a Comment

    Geshe Michael Roach has squeezed some pretty heavy concepts—how Buddhist practices can make you a better businessperson… or just a better person—into a slim book that could easily be called […]

  • Were vs. Was
    May 3, 2010, Leave a Comment

    A client recently stumped me with a question about a change I had made to her work, from “what if it were…” to “what if it was…” The gist of […]

  • Beating Writer’s Block a Page at a Time
    May 3, 2010, 2 Comments

    There is nothing more frustrating to a writer than writer’s block. That moment when you stare at a blank page and nothing—at least nothing of creative caliber—comes to mind. Or […]