Creative Writing 101 With Kurt Vonnegut

Ever since I decided to read Breakfast of Champions in high school literature class instead of whatever bland tome the teacher had assigned, I have loved reading anything by Kurt Vonnegut. (By the way, the teacher, a Vonnegut fan himself, let me get away with - and even encouraged - my little protest.) From Slaughterhouse Five to … Continue reading Creative Writing 101 With Kurt Vonnegut

The Forgotten Query That Must Be Remembered

No, that's not the title of a new fantasy novel, although it does have a nice Lord-of-the-Rings-You-Shall-Not-Pass ring to it. Instead, the Forgotten Query That Must Be Remembered was my most recent writing dilemma and one I hope to never have again. The Backstory Last March I was asked to do a presentation on my … Continue reading The Forgotten Query That Must Be Remembered

Grammar: Your Biggest Writing Mistake

One of my favorite scenes (of which there are many) from the television show Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman has Sherlock interrogating a prisoner in a very chilly room in Belarus. Already looking bored and annoyed, Sherlock's frustrations mount as the man he's questioning keeps making grammatical errors. Sherlock lets the first one … Continue reading Grammar: Your Biggest Writing Mistake