The second-best way to learn how to write

In university I had an English teacher who drove most of his students mad. He marked very harshly. Students who were used to A’s got C’s. B students eked out D’s. Everybody else failed. At a certain point, the class confronted him. Nobody could understand why his standards were so different. Some students actually complained… Continue reading The second-best way to learn how to write

Why men don’t read fiction, but should: Part 2

In my last post, I wrote about the many reasons men don’t read fiction. For many men it comes down to one reason: they believe they can learn more from a work of non-fiction than from a novel, which, as we all know, is made up. So, as a sort of public service announcement dedicated to… Continue reading Why men don’t read fiction, but should: Part 2

In search of the perfect blurb…

Blurbs – those pithy, effusive, adjective-heavy, uniformly positive endorsements from other writers or simply famous people that adorn the back covers of books and sometimes the front covers – get a lot of mixed, if not downright bad, press. Writers, who depend on blurbs the most, often have a love/hate relationship with receiving and giving them, seeing… Continue reading In search of the perfect blurb…