This won’t be a regular blog, but sometimes, as writer, reader, or editor, I’m struck by a question, insight, or idea I think others might like or find useful. I’ll also toss in some articles and book reviews.

Steven Pinker’s book on Writing

Steven Pinker is a linguist and cognitive scientist who has written a number of erudite books on a wide range of topics. His latest, The Sense of Style, is about writing. I recommend it. Here’s a link to my review…

Volunteer to Teach Writing

A writer’s outlook on a piece a student is working on is likely to be quite different from a teacher’s.  Helping a kid figure out what he or she is really trying to say and how to best say it…

Tips for Writing Memoir

Will Boast, a successful memoirist, offers some very good advice in his recent piece in Publisher’s Weekly. Here’s the link.…

Book Reviews: What Are They Good For?

They are very good for something. But they’re rarely used for that purpose in big, mainstream media. A review of the latest book by a big-selling author proves the newspaper, magazine, or whatever outlet is on top of the literary…

Interview with Peter Gelfan at Savvy Authors

This interview, by award-winning novelist Dora Machado, touches on both writing and editing.  Dora is author of the Stonewiser series and The Curse Giver. Read the interview here.      …

PEN America Party

Last night we were at the PEN America annual bash for new members and new books, which is really just a big cocktail party mercifully without speeches.  We talked to a number of people, one of them being a guy…

Authentic Voice

Fiction readers are very demanding creatures. They want their made-up stories to be as close to truth as possible—sort of like vegetarian meat. If they have to pick between two gritty detective novels, one by an ex-cop and the other…

For any writer feeling rejected

For a look at rejection letters from the point of view of an acquisitions editor who has to write them, here’s Jeff Shotts’s blog.…