Why the best readers make the best writers

Reading time: Just over 3 minutes I'm sure you've read elsewhere that good writers are always good readers. Here are the reasons why.... A grade 2 teacher reported to my parents more than 50 years ago that I wasn’t reading enough. The reaction? It was like an alarm going off in a nuclear plant. My parents dusted off my library card and sent me to the Bookmobile (a portable library based... Read More

One space or two? Science thinks it has the answer

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 on the space between sentences... I hesitate to reopen the debate about space between sentences. Many people feel strongly on the subject, as indeed do I. I'm a firm "one-space" person wh... Read More

Out of town

on holiday

I'm out of town for a few days, travelling on business. I'll be back at my desk, Monday, May 21. Have a great week!... Read More

How to promote your writing WITHOUT social media

Reading time: Just over 3 minutes Social media gets a lot of attention these days, but you also need to know how to promote your writing without Facebook or Twitter. Here are some suggestions…. I watch my time like a mama bear guarding her cubs. I recently quit Facebook, and I constrain my Twitter time to no more than 10 minutes daily. (I provide my wonderful assistant, Laura, with my twee... Read More

How to be a better storyteller…

better storyteller

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 York Times article about how to become a better storyteller.... Do you know how to tell a good story? When I work with writers, I frequently have to dissuade them from stuffing their articles or... Read More

How should I capture my family history? [video]

family history

Viewing time: 4 mins. 40 secs. The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question focuses on capturing family history. 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-Grant... Read More

The figurative language of Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Marzano-Lesnevich
Credit: NINA SUBIN

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 from Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich.... A rivetting hybrid of murder mystery and memoir, The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (pictured above), was named one of the best books of the 2017 by Entertainment Weekly, Audible.c... Read More

What does ‘irenic’ 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: irenic.... I feel especially happy whenever I discover a word I've never seen before. What can it possibly mean, I wonder? And what are the origins of that word? Vinson Cunningham, a writer for the New Yorker, gave me such a wor... Read More

Why you should resist the writing rituals of famous authors

writing rituals of famous authors

Reading time: Less than 3 minutes Do you ever ponder the writing rituals of famous authors? Pondering is okay, but don't use their habits as a model for your own behaviour....  Did you know that Sylvia Plath (pictured above) and Benjamin Franklin started their writing days at 4 am and 5 am, respectively? Oliver Sacks was also a morning lark (5 am) as were Margaret Mead and Immanuel Kant. ... Read More

Are you too lazy to write?

Chris Bailey

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 by Chris Bailey.... I'm a longtime fan of productivity expert Chris Bailey (pictured above). He's Canadian, like me, but that's not why I like him. I have a theory that we are twins who wer... Read More