When it comes to crafting your next book, where will you turn to find great writing advice? Here’s a lesson in learning lessons from the pros. Continue reading Writing advice from the pros: Should you listen? Soak in all advice, but use only what works best for you.
For all intents and purposes, many of my recent posts were about appreciating the art of writing. Now I want to appreciate the art of reading. Continue reading The art of reading: Appreciating a good book Read as much and as frequently as you can. That’s the key in life.
In today’s writing world, is it more beneficial to create an original, singular voice, or follow the popular, mainstream strategies? Continue reading Originality in writing: What’s the big deal?
As a native of the great state of Michigan, and as an avid reader and writer, here’s a look at my countdown of the best authors from my home state. Continue reading The 10 best authors from Michigan Some serious literary talent came from the Great Lakes State.
Good journalism still matters. It’s always mattered. But it seems to be fading in today’s media culture. Here’s why, and what we can do about it. Continue reading Why good journalism is fading It could be because of TV personalities, or maybe attention spans.
There’s something special about indie bookstores: the passion from their booksellers, the creativity in their setups and their comforting environments. Continue reading 5 indie bookstores worth visiting In my humble, biased opinion.
Do you remember the good old days when writing was a craft in itself? There were no rules. But that was before the world went digital. Continue reading How writing has changed in the digital world We went from journaling to blogging in a hurry.
For readers, there’s a resilience about grit lit, a natural vigor that makes no excuses. But what is it about this grit that is so appealing to writers? Continue reading Why the “grit lit” subgenre is more than just a rhyme Does it lead to overall success in life?
Each month there are new book releases I’d love to read, but October just seems to be the jackpot. Here are the three I’m most anticipating. Continue reading 3 October book releases I’m anxiously awaiting From three very different yet talented authors.
They say everyone has a book in them, but apparently not all of those stories are created equal. And the (financial) disparity can be alarming. Continue reading Celebrity Memoirs: What’s the value of a story? For some of the exceptional few, it could be millions.
Take this as a friendly reminder: National Novel Writing Month will soon be upon us once more. Will you be prepared when it arrives? Continue reading Now is the time to prepare for National Novel Writing Month When November rolls around, will you be prepared?
A man on his lunch break watches a father reading to his daughter, wondering why the little girl isn’t in school. But let’s not be too quick to judge. Continue reading A Tuesday at Noon
In Luke Mogelson’s debut collection, “These Heroic, Happy Dead,” we experience the raw, unflinching lives of war veterans through an empathetic lens. Continue reading These heroic, unhappy stories: An honest book review Plainly, this is an important collection.
What began more than 100 years ago in a battle between major New York newspapermen now seems tailored to the digital age. Continue reading Why yellow journalism is (still) thriving It seems the strategy was tailored to the digital age.
There are very few days from elementary school that I remember with such clarity. That day was different. That day was September 11th, 2001. Continue reading Honoring the fallen means feeling the pain again September 11th shall never pass without thoughtful reflection.
Amazon is the worldwide leader in online retail. Is its new move to physical bookstores a good thing? Continue reading Amazon bookstores: Good or bad for the industry? The massive online retailer is taking to the streets.
There’s a new biopic about J.D. Salinger’s life, and he wouldn’t be pleased about it. Continue reading Why J.D. Salinger would be disappointed with his biopic The stories he felt compelled to share with the world were not about himself.
It’s a lot more than just a day off work. Labor Day represents the grit, ambition and hard work that built the United States. Continue reading Why do we celebrate Labor Day? It’s a lot more than just a day off work.
The physical book seemed to be dying. But after years of physical book sales decreasing and ebook sales increasing, have the tides finally turned? Continue reading Are physical books making a comeback? In an increasingly digital world, this would be great news.
As the world goes digital, our obsession with studying metrics grows, whether it’s actually useful or not. But please, keep the metrics out of literature. Continue reading Why do we let numbers speak for literature? The literary world is, after all, innately qualifiable.
The story of an old man living on the tranquil waters of Lake Huron. To outsiders it seems he has it made, but the haunting of lost love goes unseen. Continue reading On the Sunrise Side
You have a story. It’s been rolling around in your mind for months, maybe years. But there is only one way to put it on paper. Continue reading The only way to put words on paper That story in your head isn’t going to write itself.
All writers face adversity at some point in the process. What’s difficult, though, is when it’s created by you. What’s your writing kryptonite? Continue reading What is your writing kryptonite? To a certain extent, all writers have to battle adversity.
Some books are just too good to be overlooked. And it’s a darn shame when they are. Here are five you should make some time to read. Continue reading 5 overlooked novels you should make time to read When a good book goes underappreciated, it’s a darn shame.
Heading into the 2007 season, Michigan was near the top of college football. After 10 crazy years, the Wolverines are finally back. Continue reading A brief history of Michigan football: From dominance to decline (and back) From 2007 to 2017, it was a crazy — and often unpredictable — road back to the national spotlight.
Some of the best authors, such as J.K. Rowling, Stephen King and Mark Twain, have used pseudonyms. But why? This calls for a pros and cons list. Continue reading What are the advantages (and disadvantages) of using a pen name? Some of the best authors have used pseudonyms, but why?
Philipp Meyer made his name known in the literary world with the release of his 2013 epic The Son. But that’s not what I’m here to write about, because there is another book by Meyer that is similarly exceptional: American Rust. Continue reading Examining the collapse of America’s blue-collar middle class Philipp Meyer’s American Rust may be fiction, but it’s very real.
Jim Harrison was one of the most gritty, honest writers the literary world has even seen. It was writers like him that most inspired me to write. Continue reading We could all learn from Jim Harrison The man was a legend in the “grit lit” subgenre.
When talented people share their thoughts on a subject, others should listen. It’s no different in the writing world. For me, while I enjoy a good laugh, the words that resonate are often words of encouragement or motivation from writers I admire. Continue reading They said it, not me: Best quotes from writers Because when the greatest authors speak, we should listen.
We live busy lives, and they only seem to be getting busier. So on top of everything else, where in the world can we also find time to do that thing we love? Continue reading 3 simple tips for writing around a busy schedule Finding time is tough. Utilizing it efficiently is tougher.