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How “Black Panther” Unleashes Writers’ Superpowers


(Note: There are NO spoilers in this post.) By now you might have heard of a small, indie movie called “Black Panther.” I haven’t seen the movie yet, and I’m hoping to finally get tickets and see it in the next few days. I was listening to a local rock radio station one morning last […]

Is Life Just a Series of Rough Drafts and Revisions?


For many writers, it’s no big deal to just start writing and accept that we’re working on a rough draft. After all, we’re going to come back to that piece, review it and edit it. And we will probably make more than one set of revisions. So, why do we have trouble applying this same […]

Writers’ Roundup: Share the Love Edition


It’s time to take a look at a few great recent blog posts that will help you share your love of writing with others. This month’s roundup includes: a writing challenge, and a pep talk for writers, and a second chance. 1. What do you love? The folks over at The Writing Cooperative want a […]

How to Find Editors’ Email Addresses


You’ve just found a great idea for a magazine or blog! Now, how do you pitch this idea? “That’s easy,” you might be thinking. “Just send your pitch to the editor.” But finding an editor’s email address sometimes isn’t as easy as it sounds. You will probably need to give your research skills a practice […]

Ode to Dolores


It took a while for me to write this blog post. Dolores O’Riordan, best known as the lead singer of the 1990s alternative rock group The Cranberries, died on Jan. 15, 2018. She was 46 years old. I, along with many Generation X-ers, was so sad to hear about her death. Dolores’ work with The Cranberries […]