Category Archives: Writing

Writers, Passive Verbs Are Not Always Bad

We now know that telling writers to avoid the passive is bad advice. The passive construction has a number of indispensable functions because of the way it engages a reader’s attention and memory.

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The 4 Stages of Writing and the 3 Mistakes We Make

The four stages of writing and the three mistakes we often make.

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Communicating Clearly and Creatively

Stephen Altrogge and I discuss writing techniques, communication skills, favorite authors, and the best books on writing.

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4 Books for Would-Be Writers

There are dozens of practical books to help you improve your writing skills. I recommend these four. Over the years, I’ve found I keep going back to them for assistance.

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Why Writing Fiction Was Harder Than I Thought

I thought I’d knock out the project in the amount of time it took to write my other books. Little did I know, I was in for a rude awakening.

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Fiction-Writing Basics #1: Determine the Point of View

There are various ways of determining the point of view for a scene, but they can be summed up in three basic approaches.

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Why I Am Writing a Fiction Book

The story behind my next book.

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Research and Respect: 3 Things to Remember as You Study

A review of “The Craft of Research” by Wayne Booth, Gregory Colomb, and Joseph Williams.

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4 Ways to Write with Style and Grace

If the goal of the intellectual life is the passionate pursuit of truth, then a scholar’s writing ought to make the record of discovery as interesting as the journey itself.

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4 Things Every Intellectually-Minded Person Should Remember

4 lessons distilled from from A.G. Sertillanges’ helpful book “The Intellectual Life.”

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