In today’s writing world, is it more beneficial to create an original, singular voice, or follow the popular, mainstream strategies?
Category Archives: On Writing
The 10 Best Authors from Michigan
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.
Why good journalism is fading
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.
Writing in the digital age: How writing has changed in the 21st century
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.
Why the “grit lit” subgenre is more than just a rhyme
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?
Putting words on paper: A personal writing story
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.
Writing kryptonite: Avoid distractions from writing time
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?
Simple advice for aspiring writers
My advice for aspiring writers is simple: Keep at it. That old cliché rings true—practice makes perfect, like with anything in life. Well, maybe not perfect, but the best way to become a better writer is to continue writing. Seems straightforward, right? You’d be surprised how difficult this notion can be for some writers. IContinue reading “Simple advice for aspiring writers”
The craft of the short story
This past Tuesday I released my third book, a collection of short stories called In a Northern Town. It seems my writing is getting shorter and shorter. Maybe it has gone with the attention spans of our youth. First came the novel. Then came a novella, which I followed up with a second novella. Being connected,Continue reading “The craft of the short story”