The Wide World of Travel Writing

The Wide World of Travel Writing When you think of travel writing, your mind might go to books by Bill Bryson. (Also, I love Bill Bryson). There are many other manifestations of travel writing that lend themselves to beginners. Here are a few. Keep in mind that many of these can overlap, as some...

Big News for Little Piggy

Big News for Little Piggy In 2012, I self-published a little humor book called This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store. I had no idea if anyone would read it. And if they did, would they even like it? People did read it. The title and cover caught attention. Readers would then tell their...

10 Mistakes of Writing Humor

10 Mistakes of Writing Humor A smiling reader turns the page. Somebody said that once. I’m pretty sure I’m not the first. But it’s true. If you’re making your reader smile, they’re likely to stick with you. Like any form of writing, humor takes practice. What’s funny in conversation doesn’t...

Editors: The LBDs of Publishing

Editors: The LBDs of Publishing If you don’t know what an LBD is… Little. Black. Dress. Everyone woman – and man who wears dresses – needs one. Why? It makes you look good It makes you feel good It’s there for you when you don’t know what else to do Just like an editor. A good editor makes you...

My 1st Draft Is Shittier Than Your 1st Draft

My 1st Draft Is Shittier Than Your 1st Draft In previous weeks I wrote about how to outline a book and how to calendar your writing to complete your first draft. The draft is such a roadblock for so many that it merits further discussion. The process that I use and that I reference in earlier posts does not...

Writing the First Draft (with Minimal Agony)

Writing the First Draft (with Minimal Agony) Last week I wrote about how to outline a book. Of course, that’s just one part of the process. Then you have to write your draft. There are many ways to go about this: Stare at a blank page or screen in complete agony. Do everything you possibly can around your house...