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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Good Intentions Pave the Road to Good Writing

As a journalist, most of the feedback I get is negative. The last crime article I wrote had 26 contentious comments, the last of which claimed that I loved to humiliate people and their families. Awesome. People absolutely love to criticize news writing – from copy errors to perspective-based thrashings, there’s always something wrong in some [...]

Five Reasons Not to Write

In “The Ethics of Whoring Your Storytelling,” Men with Pens founder James Chartrand writes: You decide where to draw the line. You decide what’s acceptable and what isn’t. And being mature adults, you’d think no one needs to talk about the ethics of storytelling. But when we start to stoop to these lengths to sell… [...]

Why I Edit in Ink (And Get Better Results Doing It)

I get a lot of use out of my laser printer: I print out entire novels to edit them. I know about the “track changes” feature that Word offers, and I use it in final edits for one of the publishers I work for. Am I just an old soul in a young body? I [...]

A Snapshot of The Writers’ Doula

I wanted to share this great graphic I created at with Wordle to show who The Writers’ Doula is so far.

Five Ways to Keep that Editorial Fire Burning: A Love Letter

Dear writer, I want you know that I’m writing this because I care about us. I believe in us. We were meant to be together. I know we’ve had our ups and downs, like those late nights debating whether to use a semi-colon or a period (the period was correct, by the way), but I [...]