• What Makes A Good Story?

    Talking with students during this week’s artist’s exhibit at Stevenson University, we chatted about what makes a good story. From students studying film to students who are writers, some of these tips below are my favorites for inspiring beginning writers to focus and start the process and work on their craft. The infographic posted below was part of my exhibit. Writing Is Hard Writing is hard, as we have heard time and time again from folks such as William Zinsser to contemporary magazine writer Tom Junod (pictured below), and the one thing that rings true for all writers is that it takes work. However, these tips are some that you…

  • A Word to New Parents: Be Sure To Write About Your Kids

    One of the biggest regrets I have is that I didn’t spend more time writing about my kids, the funny things they say, and the funny things they do. I wish I had written about all the cuteness and kept it all contained in one spot, so I could go back and read it over and over again. It’s one of those things you will do in life that will make you smile and chuckle. I’ve written some of my funny stories about my kids here on the blog and entitled them Conversations with my Daughter and Conversations with my Kids, so at least I did write down a few…

  • William Zinsser’s Mad Wisdom

    “Few people realize how bad they write. Nobody has shown them how much excess or murkiness has crept into their style and how it obstructs what they are trying to say. If you give me an eight-page article and I tell you to cut it to four pages, you’ll howl and say it can’t be done. Then you’ll go home and do it, and it will be much better. After that comes the hard part: cutting it to three.”   —  William Zinsser, “On Writing Well” I don’t know this gentleman personally, but I sure wish I did. As a die-hard lover and endorser of all things E.B. White, especially…