A Writer’s Confession

I was doing an annual authors’ dinner at a Bay Area library a couple of nights ago. It was a beautiful event organized by the Friends of the Library, with a cocktail hour, silent auction, nice meal by candlelight, good company, etc. During the pre-dinner reception,...

5 Habits of Highly Effective Writers

Be a reader. Read widely and well. Read in the genre in which you are writing, but also break away from it. Read essays, crime fiction, flash fiction, poetry. Read investigative journalism. Read diaries from the nineteenth century. Read a book you remember from...

How to Start a Story

One of the questions I hear frequently from aspiring writers is, “How do I start a story?” Even seasoned writers have days when the story won’t come. Talking to a reporter for Interview Magazine in 1995, Martin Amis said of novel-writing, “If I...
How to Publish My First Book

How to Publish My First Book

Share One of the questions I hear most often from aspiring writers is, “How do I publish my first book?” While there’s no easy path to publication, with a good story, a very thick skin, and  a great deal of patience, you can get there. I began...
How to Submit Stories for Publication

How to Submit Stories for Publication

So you’ve written a story, revised it, and are ready to send it out. Here are a few pointers on how to submit stories for publication: • Until recently, submitting to literary journals meant buying loads of stamps, weighing your manila envelopes at the post...
The noun’s the thing

The noun’s the thing

Back in July of 2011, WORD magazine remembered John Carter, songwriter, producer, and A&R man extraordinaire, who “was instrumental in the careers of and a passionate supporter of Bob Seger, The Motels, Sammy Hagar, Melissa Etheridge, Tori Amos, David and David,...