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.

Any Novel Needs Mystery

A link to my piece posted by The Editorial Department

Writing Advice from Writers I Admire

(This post is regularly updated.)   Kurt Vonnegut was a favorite author of mine for years in my twenties.  Here’s his advice

I don’t agree with his tip #8.  I don’t think he really did either, since most of his novels are filled with suspense and a sense of mystery and wonder.


Elmore Leonard, whose writing could be serious and funny at the same time, gave some great advice in a NY Times piece The main points are sometimes abstracted into a brief list: Elmore Leonard’s ten rules for good writing: 

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