Your one-liner

Did the Oscars — and all the other recent movie awards — inspire you to finish the screenplay that’s been buried in your hard drive for a while? Well, first ask yourself, “What’s my logline?” I heard of loglines from Laurie Scheer at the Madison Writers Institute a few years ago. If you want toContinue reading “Your one-liner”

Good night, good doctor

Stictly speaking, this piece isn’t about writing. But its prose is a beautiful example of well-chosen and well-placed words. Oliver Sacks, who is a doctor as well as a writer, has bid us farewell. He should know he will be missed. And that he continues to teach those of us who would try to touchContinue reading “Good night, good doctor”

Take it from Zoë

Zoë Sharp is as another generous British author who was a featured presenter at Love Is Murder in Chicago last weekend. Not only did she take part in panels, she conducted a master class and, at tea time Saturday, she demonstrated self-defense techniques (with the help of Robert Goldsborough, who recovered with a seated massageContinue reading “Take it from Zoë”

Set a shorter target

First let me say that going to conferences is great because the panels and conversations really get your mind moving. I love those “light bulb” moments. (And I’ll probably be full of post-conference enthusiasm for at least another week.) Among the things we talked about in a great panel on ebook publishing was using shortContinue reading “Set a shorter target”

Reading Irish

My experience with Irish writers has often been a sense of eavesdropping on someone’s personal conversation. I can’t explain why I feel this way. I just feel a certain raw nerve in what I’ve read. In any case, I found eavesdropping on this conversation with Anne Enright enlightening. The world view is different from whatContinue reading “Reading Irish”

Write until you’re a writer

This Harvard Business Review article is not about writing. It’s meant to help people learn new skills in the workplace. But as I read it, I realized one way it applies to writers is in its advice to mimic the successful behavior of others. If you want to be a good manager, copy the behaviorContinue reading “Write until you’re a writer”

What’s their story?

Do you have a story in search of a character? Or are you looking for a “throw-back” idea to explore? If you’re into sci-fi or fantasy, here is a round-up of some interesting characters to build on. 10 Public Domain Characters That Are Overdue For A Reboot