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July 31, 2018

Lazy writers waste words. They use three when one excellent, descriptive verb or adjective will do much better. That's what's called "tight writing." 

Having written for magazines and corporate newsletters for years, I've learned the value and necessity of tight wr...

July 25, 2018

No, it's not the end of Caren Austen, Ink, but emphasis on the importance of ending well. As Longfellow put it, "Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending." In fact, some people write backward, as it were. They start with the end in mind. Others c...

April 12, 2018

Stuck without a topic? Surely you jest! No, seriously, I, personally, know that's a common problem. However, everyone has a story. And, not just one, but dozens. Just think back to childhood. Was it happy and fun? Why? Did you live in the city and play kick the can, or...

January 30, 2018

Everyone wants to be a writer. If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me, "I've thought about writing a book," . . . They all think it's something anyone can pick up in their spare time or retirement. They don't get that a writer's life is made up of sweat, t...

January 10, 2018

But not the kind you're thinking.

I'm talking about the power of the pen. You know that whole "mightier than the sword" thing? Words (ink) can pierce us through. Words influence how we think and feel. Used well, they can draw us in to a story and hold us spellbound unti...

December 18, 2017

Inigo Montoya's words to Vizzini drive home Munro's point. The story we think we are telling is often not the whole story, and the whole story and its meaning are what every writer must aspire to discover. Anecdotes spice up conversation, help to drive home a point, an...

September 22, 2016

Welcome to my blog. Thanks for taking time to hang out with me. I'm a longtime writer, who just wants to have fun and share my thoughts and the brilliant thoughts of other writers, whose names will be more recognizable than my own. By doing this, I hope to keep myself...

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