Tag Archives: The Art of Writing

John Grisham and the Writing Process

I’m alway curious about how excellent writers write. Grisham’s Writing Tips 1) Starts every year on January 1st with the goal of being done by July (most of the work is done by March). 2) Writes 5 days per week. … Continue reading

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The A to Zen of a Writer’s Life By Chris Breechen

A while back I saw a poster called the “A to Zen of Life.”  It had “Dali Lama” written across it in cursive so I know it was totally legitimate Dali Lama quotes.  I thought that an “A to Zen … Continue reading

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The Proper Grammatical Use of a Colon

Colon The colon has primarily three grammatical uses and several non-grammatical uses. Introducing a list The colon is used to introduce a list of items. The bookstore specializes in three subjects: art, architecture, and graphic design. Do not, however, use … Continue reading

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Cutting It A Bit Short, Aren’t We? By Peter Leavell

Minimalism. Cool. There’s a place. Right here. Right now. Know when the bite must strike. Know when words must drift, a riddle in a middle school, from ears to lips. Art. Words. Games. Minimalism. Exhausting. Done. When a book is … Continue reading

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Should You Use a Comma After “But”? By Marko Ticak

Usually, the only time you should use a comma after “but” is when “but” is followed by a parenthetical element. Use a comma before “but” if it’s at the beginning of an independent clause. Playing fast and loose with your … Continue reading

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The Journey of a Pirate’s Family By Peter Leavell

My wife sat at the canoe’s bow. I played rudder in the back, while my son (16) and daughter (13) rowed. We floated on heavy waves within sight of Seattle’s Space Needle. We weren’t making much headway against the wind. … Continue reading

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The Heart of Writing Is in the Rewriting By Henry McLaughlin

  I can’t speak for other writers, but I seldom write one draft of a story and consider it done. As Dorothy Parker said in The Art of Fiction, “I would write a book, or a short story, at least three times–once to … Continue reading

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