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February 16, 2017

Lambasted for Using Strategy

Recent unkind words about Dr. Louann Brizendine’s The Male Brain are truly baffling. She’s been taken to task for employing “the best-seller strategy” in high-profile publications like Newsweek and the New York Times’ Sunday Book Review. The question this raises strikes me as so obvious that I hesitate to raise it for fear […]
January 20, 2017

Part I: Showing vs. Telling
Making Your Writing Memorable

Show, don’t tell.  Many of us have heard it so many times that we’re wary of telling anyone anything ever again. But the truth is, showing is the key to memorable writing. Readers remember writing that made them feel something, and painting a picture—showing—is the only path to […]
January 14, 2017

Recommended Reading: Word Play by Peter Farb
An enlightening study of language that's a gold mine for dialogue-conscious novelists

Word Play by Peter Farb may not have been written with novelists in mind, but it’s chock full of good insights for writers, especially on the topic of dialogue. You can get the book here. One chapter I find especially interesting is on verbal dueling. The author’s position is […]
January 4, 2017
Write what you know

What Do I Know?
One author's take on an old adage

By J.S. Anderson “Write what you know.” For years I struggled with this common little sliver of advice. What did I know? I was not a detective or former prosecutor. I was not a physician or politician or Olympian or scholar of history. What I knew well was […]
December 28, 2016

The Blackbird and Hemingway
Reflections on the nature and nurture of words

by J.S. Anderson In the city that draws the eye up, ever up, mine were on the commanding Beaux-Arts façade of the New York Public Library. I nearly missed the series of bronze plaques set into the sidewalk on East 41st Street, right there under my feet. I […]
January 5, 2014
deadly straits by re mcdermott book cover

Deadly Straits
A new novel considers terrorism on the sea

Where were you on September 11, 2001? R.E. (Bob) McDermott was in Singapore when the Twin Towers fell. The increased airport security after that was a constant reminder of the new threats we faced. But Bob was thinking about another area of vulnerability: shipping. McDermott knows ships. He is […]