Helen Peppe's memoir, Pigs Can't Swim, is a pinnacle of family dysfunction: funny, heart wrenching, stupefying and sometimes infuriating. Her parents' insistence on nonsensical rules, old wive's tales … Continue reading >>
My novel doesn't start at the beginning.
Is this an inside writing joke?
What I mean is the narrative in my story isn't ordered chronologically. It wasn't always that way, but when it … Continue reading >>
After reading “Outline your Novel in Thirty Minutes” by Alicia Rasley in the Article of the Month blog, I realized my current outline was basically useless. No wonder my writing had been stalled! … Continue reading >>
The world needs an illustrated grammar lesson concerning aw and awe.
Aw is a noise
Aw is the word for a noise you make when you see something that's freaking adorable, like a baby hedgehog or Betty … Continue reading >>
Free your body
"Did you get a gym membership?" the saleswoman at Dunham Sporting Goods asked as she rung up the armload of sale-priced activewear I dumped on the counter.
"No," I said. "I need new … Continue reading >>
What Makes a Writer, and Am I One?
Are you a real writer?
It’s a loaded question to ask a room full of writers. Some will be offended that you even asked. “I write, therefore I’m a writer,” … Continue reading >>