What can I do with my old writing? [video]

old writing

Viewing time: 4 minutes and 1 second The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question focuses on what to do with old writing that might be a little sensitive. 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.   ... Read More

The figurative language of Katherena Vermette…

Katherena Vermette

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, similes and images of personification from Katherena Vermette.... Katherena Vermette (pictured above) has written a gripping and gritty novel displaying the adversity facing Indigenous women in Canada. Her book, The Break does not mi... Read More

What does ‘whiffling’ 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: whiffling.... I'm a big fan of onomatopoeia. As you likely know, this refers to words that sound like the meaning they're meant to represent. Here are a few examples: whoosh, drizzle, giggle, whistle, thump. (The term onomatopoeia... Read More

How to find and hire an editor

Reading time: Less than 6 minutes It’s hard to find good help, and that issue becomes particularly challenging when you need to learn how to hire an editor…. When I worked in the newspaper business, several decades ago, I interviewed then-famous Canadian writer June Callwood, and I wrote a piece about her. I handed it in to the “desk” (journalist-speak for the editors who checked spe... Read More

Are you ready for fighter’s block?

fighter's block

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 new app for writers called Fighter's Block.... I'm feeling slightly nervous as I write today's column. My fear arises from my writing method — I'm producing this post in an app called Fighter's Blo... Read More

How can I become a better reader? [video]

better reader

Viewing time: 4 mins 29 secs The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question focuses on how a fiction writer can become a better reader  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 Alex Ross…

Alex Ross

Reading time: Just over 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about some fine work by music writer and cultural critic Alex Ross.... I was a 16-year-old when I went to my first opera, dragged by a friend. I think the initial appeal was that going to opera made me feel extra grown up but, eventually, I fell in love with th... Read More

What does the word ‘recursion’ 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: recursion... What happens when medical diagnoses become automated? That was the question that physician and writer Siddhartha Mukherjee (author of the superb book The Emperor of all Maladies) addressed in an April 2017  New Yorker... Read More

Why you shouldn’t feel guilty about your holidays

Reading time: Less than 3 minutes  Do you suffer from holiday guilt? Not only is this unnecessary, it’s also a really bad idea. With inadequate breaks, you’ll see your productivity decline and your writing will worsen…. Do you postpone holidays? Or feel guilty about taking time off? The purpose of my column today is to persuade you that holidays are okay — even a good idea — fo... Read More

The most dangerous writing app

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 product called "the most dangerous writing app"... When you read the headline "the most dangerous writing app," what did you think of? A writing machine that told lies, perhaps? Or one that produced ... Read More