Remove the fat

This post from econsultancy is about writing copy for websites, but the advice is good for most writers. We’ve long since moved beyond the complex, compound sentences of the 19th century. But many of us could still pare words from sentences. These tips show how. Nine surprisingly lengthy tips for cutting and editing your copyContinue reading “Remove the fat”

What’s your process?

Today I found Monica Leonelle’s post about her writing experiment. She kept track of her writing and figured out when she was really working. Then she used what she learned to increase her productivity. I think I know my process, but this might help you figure yours out. And improve it. The Three Biggest SurprisesContinue reading “What’s your process?”

‘Build a platform’

At writing conferences, “build a platform” is almost a mantra. Here is some basic advice about how to build your own. Build a Successful Writer’s Platform http://www.everywritersresource.com/build-successful-writers-platform/ And speaking of conferences, the 26th Madison (Wisconsin) Writers’ Institute starts tomorrow. If you’re close enough, you can register in the morning. Check details at https://uwwritersinstitute.wisc.edu/. It’s aContinue reading “‘Build a platform’”

Know your style

A few writers I know work in multiple genres. They’re comfortable switching between fiction and non-fiction, from memoir to mystery. Others have found a style and voice and genre and stick to it. But for many writers, I think, there’s a time when they write to find out who they are as writers. Unless experimentationContinue reading “Know your style”

Creativity and pay

Here’s a reflection about creative work and getting paid by an Australian writer and mother. She raises the age-old questions about balancing work and motherhhood, and getting paid for writing. (So you know, HECS is an Australian student loan program and TAFE is a vocational training system.) While she offers no new solutions, sometimes knowingContinue reading “Creativity and pay”