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Because YOUR Self-Promotion Sucks

Why Your Self-Promotion Sucks I just consulted a musician in England.  When I asked him what he did he said, “Well, uh… I guess… uh… it’s hard to explain really.  I write songs… and I play gigs…”   That’s a terrible way to make an impression that someone will remember.  I say this not because […]

The Details are Juicy…

“Kevin screeched out of his driveway and roared down Devers Avenue.  Her words still stung his ears.  “Why should I tell you my feelings?  You don’t care.  You can’t even remember to take the garbage out on Tuesdays.”  Shannon had been making accusations a lot since her sister’s divorce became final last Tuesday.  Living 3 […]

Writing Lame Introductions…

That’s what you usually do.  Of course, it’s not your fault (until now).  School trained you to start with mind-numbing generalities when you wrote essays.  Sentences like “Everyone in the world needs to breathe.”  Or “We all have to die sometime.”   This advice told you to start with a surprising fact, definition or a quote.  […]

A Cure for the Fear of Your Writing Students

She tiptoes to the edge of the cliff, breathing heavily.  Her friends watch in horror, shaking with the thought that they’ll be next.  Then she reads, words coming haltingly at first, but rushing out in torrents by the time she finishes.  She looks at the red-haired instructor, expecting his disapproval…   Every writing workshop I […]