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Cheers Isn’t as Good as You Remember It Being

Cheers Isn’t as Good as You Remember It Being

Sadly, Cheers isn't as good as you remember it being. I began rewatching the 8os sitcom on a whim before the coronavirus lockdown began. I didn’t realize at the time I was giving myself a long-term distraction through a tough period. At 275 total episodes and at 3...

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Millennial Writing Must Stop

Millennial Writing Must Stop

Millennial Writing must stop. The way many in the current generation write for publication is a blight on the media landscape. Their style has many annoying qualities, but I’ll focus on the two I find most heinous: The use of “we” and of ridiculous hyperbole. Here’s a...

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Writing Process – The Tyranny of Digital

Writing Process – The Tyranny of Digital

Defining the Problem Sometimes our writing process can be hindered by the tools we choose--or the tools we're forced to choose because they're the ones most in vogue. I turned eighteen in 1984 so I spent my formative writing years in a pre-digital, pre-mobile device...

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Don’t Just Dive Into Your Writing Projects

Don’t Just Dive Into Your Writing Projects

Don't just dive into your writing projects. It doesn’t work. How do I know? Because it’s my default approach to writing, and I have boxes (and hard drives) full of unfinished stories. But allow me to clarify: By “diving in” I mean writing before your premise has fully...

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Writers: Don’t Be Stingy with the Detail

Writers: Don’t Be Stingy with the Detail

I have a tendency to write lean — as in close-to-the-bone. Take me as a cautionary tale. In other words, writers, don't be stingy with the detail. In my college days, I was compared to Hemingway from time to time, not because I was as good as him, but because I was...

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