Have you ever considered a mechanical keyboard?

computer keyboard

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 computer keyboards.... We recently had our back door repaired and I've been amazed at the difference it's made to my life. Instead of having to slam the door with a hearty thwack I... Read More

The figurative language of Julian Barnes…

Julian Barnes
Credit: ALAN EDWARDS

Reading time: Less than 1 minute I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about the figurative language (and other writing skills) of novelist Julian Barnes... As a longtime fan of the superb British writer Julian Barnes, I was thrilled to receive a gift of his 2018 book The Only Story: A Novel in time for a recent beach holiday. I ... Read More

What is ‘sehnsucht’?

sehnsucht

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: sehnsucht... I was being lazy when I read the novel The Italian Party by Christina Lynch. It was an easy, unchallenging book described by The New York Times Book Review Podcast as, "deeply funny." I'm not sure I'd go that far. ... Read More

Why you should dictate rather than write by hand

why you should dictate

Reading time: Just over 4 minutes Do you want to speed up your writing process? Who doesn't? That's precisely why you should dictate rather than write with your hands... Back in the era of Mad Men, secretaries went into the offices of people like Don Draper (photo above) and took shorthand while he dictated. Now, however, you don't need a secretary to be able to dictate. I am writing this... Read More

Out of town

on holiday

I'm out-of-town for a few days taking a brief holiday. I'll be back in time for my column on Tuesday, July 10.  Happy 4th of July to my American friends. Have a great week!... Read More

Recommended books: Summer 2018

recommended books
Credit: BETH GWINN

Reading time: Less than 5 minutes Looking for some recommended books in time for summer reading? Here’s my semi-annual roundup of books I’ve read this year.   I aim to read 52 books every 12 months, and my habit is to post a complete list of the names of them for you, in July and December. Here is a description of the 27 books I’ve enjoyed so far this year. Yes, I really do read mo... Read More

How to do book marketing

book marketing

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 on book marketing by Penny Sansevieri...  Have you written a book and then struggled with marketing it? I get regular emails from readers in this situation. Many of them, it seems, are all... Read More

How writers can become better at self-management [video]

self-management for writers

Viewing time: 4 mins. 6 secs. The Write Question is a weekly video podcast all about writing. Today's question focuses on self-management for writers. 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-Gra... Read More

The figurative language of Edward St. Aubyn…

Edward St. Aubyn

Reading time: Less than 2 minutes 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 Edward St. Aubyn... I had never heard of Edward St. Aubyn until earlier this year. News penetrated my dim consciousness when I learned that Benedict Cumberbatch was starring in a five-part miniseries based on St. Aub... Read More

What’s the origin of the word ‘androgynous’?

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: androgynous... I think just about everyone knows the term, androgynous means, "partly male and partly female in appearance; of indeterminate sex." The photo atop this post shows a woman who might be best described as androgynous. ... Read More