How Mike Sanger knocks down creative blocks

Mike Sanger

Reading time: Less than 2 minutes 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 written by Mike Sanger.... Award-winning journalist and longtime writer-at-large for Esquire, Mike Sanger (pictured above) has recently written a blog post for 99U under the headline, "Kn... Read More

How can I speed up my free writing? [video]

free writing

Viewing time: 3 mins. 37 secs.  The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's video gives advice on how to speed up your free writing. 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 Da... Read More

The figurative language of Zoe Whittall….

Zoe Whittall Arden Wray photo

Reading time: Less than 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 Zoe Whittall.... It apparently took Zoe Whittall (pictured above) some six years to write the novel The Best Kind of People.  “I have more fear about this book than any other book, in terms of how it will be read and received... Read More

What does ‘fulminating’ mean?

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: fulminating.... When I read the novel Where'd You Go, Bernadette, by Marie Semple, I didn't expect to find my word of the week. I was grateful enough to have an intelligent and satisfying "beach read" that was funny enough to make ... Read More

Why is writing so tiring?

Reading time: Less than 3 minutes Does the mere thought of writing make you feel exhausted? There are some good scientific reasons explaining why writing is so tiring... Do you spend most of your day sitting? And does it astonish you that you’re exhausted by the time the day ends?  Our class-conscious society usually divides work into two categories: white collar and blue collar. W... Read More

Writing speed? 2,500 words per hour

Reading time: Less than one 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 writing speed of romance novelists.... When I meet with new clients, I ask them to tell me how many words they can write in 30 minutes. Fewer than one percent can answer the que... Read More

Should I hire a writer for my website? [video]

how to hire a writer

Viewing time: 3 mins. 45 seconds The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's video gives advice on how to hire a writer for your website. 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... Read More

The figurative language of Kim Thuy….

Kim Thuy Jean-François Brière photo

Reading time: Less than 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of similes and metaphors from Kim Thuy.... In her book that is a cross between a novel, a memoir and poetry, writer Kim Thuy (pictured above) tells the evocative, heart-wrenching story of a Vietnamese refugee family. Her award-winning book is call... Read More

What is ‘flummery’?

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: flummery.... When a friend recommended the book Conclave to me, I thought I was looking for a non-fiction work exploring the selection of a new Pope by the college of Cardinals. What I ended up with was radically different and far ... Read More

9 business tools I adore (and you might, too)

Reading time: Just over 5 minutes Are you looking for business tool recommendations? Here are nine tried-and-true options that make a big difference to my working life every day of the week…. Each of my grandparents was born in the late 1800s — not just before computers, but before domestic refrigerators, airplanes and televisions. All of this is by way of saying that I am the first gene... Read More