The figurative language of Jesse Green….

Jesse Green

Reading time: Just over 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of metaphors from New York Times writer Jesse Green.... I stopped paying attention to contemporary music in 1979 when I graduated from university. I didn't stop listening but I stopped caring about the names of the songs and the performers and th... Read More

What’s a ‘doodad’?

Reading time: Less than 1 minute Increase your vocabulary and you’ll make your writing much more precise. That's why I provide a word of the week. Today's word: doodad.... Of course, I know that a doodad is an ornamental attachment or decoration or a small article whose common name is unknown or forgotten. (I show some doodads in the photo at the top of this post.) But when I encountered ... Read More

Is NaNoWriMo a good idea for you?

Reading time: Less than 4 minutes A whispered word, NaNoWriMo stirs equal measures of fear and interest in many writers. Why? And is the program a good idea? Whenever I say the almost unpronounceable word “nanowrimo,” people ask me one of two questions: What the heck does it mean? OR Have I ever done it? For those of you who are unfamiliar with nanowrimo (more correctly known as... Read More

The perils of book cover design

book cover design

Reading time: About 1 minute This is my weekly installment of "writing about writing," in which I scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help other writers. Today I discuss a Guardian post on the challenges of book cover design.... Book covers — for the same book — often differ in different countries. This makes sense because of differing values, cultural norms, current e... Read More

Is writing by hand better? [video]

writing by hand

Viewing time: 4 mins. 53 secs The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question focuses on whether it’s smarter typing or writing by hand. If you have a question you’d like me to answer you can email me at daphne@publicationcoach.com, tweet me @pubcoach, or leave a message for me at the Skype account, The Write Question. Welcome to The Write Question... Read More

The figurative language of Katherine Heiny

Katherine Heiny
Credit: Leila Barbaro

Reading time: Less than 2 minutes I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of similes from novelist Katherine Heiny.... I seldom read what might be described as "chick-lit." That kind of writing usually doesn't appeal to me. I can't recall why I made an exception for Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny (I think perhap... Read More

What is ‘bricolage’?

Reading time: Less than 1 minute Increase your vocabulary and you’ll make your writing much more precise. That's why I provide a word of the week. Today's word: bricolage.... I like to read the New Yorker not just for the very fine writing but also because it engages me in topics that have previously been unknown to me. Here's an example from recent months: a Dan Chiasson story on poet Sus... Read More

Is lack of reflection sabotaging your writing?

Reading time: Just over 3 minutes If you want to get better at writing you probably think diligent work is the key. Here's why writers should reflect and plan, instead.... Have you ever used an expression like, “experience is the very best teacher,” or “I learned everything I know from the school of hard knocks?” You might want to rethink those lines. While experience — and hard... Read More

Are you making creative mistakes?

Reading time: Just over 1 minute This is my weekly installment of "writing about writing," in which I scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help other writers. Today I discuss a blog post about the topic of creative mistakes.... I was fascinated to learn that German scientist Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894) once made a speech in which he shared how he achieved his creative i... Read More

Am I writing too quickly [video]

writing too quickly

Viewing time: 5 mins 4 secs The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question focuses on the perils of writing too quickly. If you have a question you’d like me to answer you can email me at daphne@publicationcoach.com, tweet me @pubcoach, or leave a message for me at the Skype account, The Write Question. Welcome to The Write Question, I’m Daphne Gr... Read More