The figurative language of David Bergen…

David Bergen

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 David Bergen... I had searched for the book The Case of Lena S. by David Bergen (pictured above) since its publication in 2012. The novel had received rave reviews but my library didn't carry it. I don't know why I d... Read More

What is ‘blackbirding’?

blackbirding

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: blackbirding... Set in Australia, in the middle of the 19th century, David Malouf's award-winning novel, Remembering Babylon, explores both the subtleties and the gross injustices of racism. The story focuses on a white youth who ... Read More

Why writers should let their minds wander

allowing your mind to wander

Reading time: Less than 3 minutes Are you ever accused of being a “daydreamer”? Don’t despair! It’s actually a very good sign that you’re allowing your mind to wander… A majestic cypress tree grew outside my grade 11 classroom window, eons ago. I remember spending hours staring at it, exploring its velvety green branches and reflecting on the boredom of my classes and wondering w... Read More

Writing advice from Carl Richards

Carl Richards

Reading time: Less than 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 an article written by Carl Richards, a financial planner and a New York Times columnist... I've been following Carl Richards for about six months now. See his photo, above. Doesn't he look like a fina... Read More

How to prepare a wedding speech [video]

preparing wedding speech

Viewing time: 3 minutes 13 seconds The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question focuses on preparing a wedding speech. 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, the video-podc... Read More

The figurative language of Rebecca Kauffman…

Rebecca Kauffman

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 similes from Rebecca Kauffman... I love it when I book I pull randomly from a library shelf, written by an author I've never heard of before, turns out to be a winner. The very fine novel, Another Place You’ve Never Been, written by Rebecca... Read More

What’s a ‘phalanx’?

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: phalanx... I enjoy literary mystery stories. One of my longtime favourites has been A.S. Byatt's Booker-Prize winning novel Possession, the story of a  pair of young scholars investigating the lives of two Victorian poets. (Sou... Read More

CBT for writers

Reading time: Less than 4 minutes If you have difficulty writing, consider using the tool of CBT — Cognitive Behavioural Therapy — to help give yourself a boost. It’s easy and inexpensive and you can do it yourself… Are you familiar with CBT? If you’re not, I apologize for using the jargon-y abbreviation but it stands for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which was way too long to put... Read More

101 incorrectly used words

Reading time: Less than 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 incorrectly used words... One of my pet peeves is to see a grocery store sign reading, "this aisle for 12 items or less." Of course, the correct wording should be "12 items or fewer.... Read More

What’s the best option for publishing? [video]

Viewing time: 5 minutes and 17 seconds The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question focuses on the best publishing option. 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, the video... Read More