Why You Should Write Short Stories

Last week, I wrote about the 1950 film All About Eve and how much I love the way its ending mirrors its beginning. The screenplay for All About Eve is based on a short story, “The Wisdom of Eve,” written by American author Mary Orr (1910-2006). In fact, a lot of great films are based … Read More

Why You Should Write By Hand

Last summer, I wrote about The Benefits of Typing. A writer can get those same benefits from writing by hand, using a pen or pencil and paper or a notebook. But writing by hand offers something more, too. One of the biggest benefits to a writer of getting away from a computer keyboard or laptop, … Read More

6 Reasons Writers Should Journal

Like many writers, I’ve kept a diary or journal since I was a teenager. I wish I had my old journals, but after someone read my diary when I was fourteen, I burned it and vowed never to keep a diary again. I kept writing, though, and as is usually the case with young writers, … Read More

My 10 Commandments of Writing

After an early draft of my first novel was gently ripped to shreds by my MFA advisor (and rightly so), I took the advice I’d been given to heart and rewrote my book into something I’m proud of. I will be forever grateful to my thesis advisor, Tod Goldberg, who gave it to me straight … Read More