Writing Articles


Memoirs: What I’m Reading VIII

June 8, 2018 6:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Just this past week I’ve been gobbling up memoirs. As opposed to autobiographies which chronicle an entire life, memoirs focus in particular on one aspect of a person’s life. Memoirs: Steve Martin Born Standing Up (2007) I love stand-up comedy and just happened on Steve Martin‘s account of his 18 years... read more

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Jan Cox Speas: One of My Heroes

May 15, 2018 1:23 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’re a writer or any other kind of artist you might like to take a look at Austin Kleon‘s Show Your Work! which addresses the pleasures and perils of creativity in the age of the Internet. One of his suggestions is for writers to share their influences. I regularly share... read more

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Plot Form: Want to Try a New One?

May 11, 2018 5:25 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I love adapting to my writing craft ideas from artists other than novelists. For instance, I’ve learned a lot from painters. Recently I ran across the work of Paula Vogel, a Pulitzer-prize-winning playwright and her student Sarah Ruhl, also an accomplished playwright and a MacArthur recipient. Vogel identifies six plot forms... read more