Greta Gerwig on writing….

Greta Gerwig

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 podcast interview with Greta Gerwig.... I love hearing other writers reflect on the art of writing. Their thoughts fascinate and energize me, even if my own experience of writing is sometimes funda... Read More

Should I give up? [video]

when to give up

Viewing time: 3 mins. 58 secs. The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question is all about knowing when to give up. 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 Gray-Gr... Read More

The figurative language of Andrew Marantz…

Andrew Marantz

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 metaphor from New Yorker scribe Andrew Marantz.... I like political satire as much as the next person, but American politics is so coo-coo right now that satire scarcely seems necessary. Still, I found a Nov. 20/17 New Yorker profile of political comedi... Read More

What does ‘rebarbative’ mean?

rebarbative
Credit: PHILLIPA GEDGE/HarperCollins Publishers

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: rebarbative.... I'm still reading the book Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (pictured above) and I can tell you already that it's one of the funniest, most charming pieces of fiction I've read in years. The s... Read More

Are you addicted to your smartphone?

Reading time: Less than 3 minutes When you read the headline to this post did you immediately feel guilty? If so, you may be one of the people who’s suffering from smartphone addiction…. Before I went to bed last night, I spent five minutes on my French lesson. I’m using Duolingo which I’ll be augmenting with a tutor in the new year. According to DL, I’m currently 61% fluent in Fr... Read More

Is ‘productivity’ good or bad?

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 productivity written by Karen Ullo.... Now that we're safely into December and NaNoWriMo has concluded, it's safe to talk about writing again. For those of you who are unfamiliar wi... Read More

How can I write better blog posts? [video]

better blog posts

Viewing time: 3 mins. 27 secs. The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question is all about writing better blog posts. 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 Gray... Read More

The figurative language of J. Courtney Sullivan….

J. Courtney Sullivan

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 J. Courtney Sullivan... I had never heard of the American author J. Courtney Sullivan (pictured above) until I read her novel Saints for All Occasions.  While I enjoyed the book — the story of a pair of Irish sisters who immig... Read More

What does ‘restive’ mean?

restive

Reading time: Just over 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: restive.... I started subscribing to the New Yorker magazine back in 1993, shortly after Tina Brown (pictured above) had become its editor. While I'd found much of her work at Vanity Fair as too celebrity-driven (two cover photog... Read More

7 ways writers can be more productive when sick

Reading time: Less than 3 minutes Do you try to play the hero when you’re ill — dragging yourself into work even when you feel like collapsing? Or do you tend to fold at the first sneeze? Neither approach is optimal. Here are 7 ways you can be more productive when you’re sick.... Brace yourself for some nasty illnesses this year. Australia, Hong Kong and other spots in the Southern Hem... Read More