Every Writer Should Read Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Philosophy of Composition”

Every once in awhile I remember how much I love Edgar Allan Poe's detailed essay "Philosophy of Composition." Don't let its intimidating name fool you, though, this is an essay that is easy to read. In my intro to college writing course, I use this short essay to show the freshman college students how much thinking writing can... Continue Reading →

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Dr. King’s Legacy of Peace

On the occasion of MLK Day here in the United States, I wanted to post about something that I think gets short shrift when we talk about Dr. Martin Luther King's towering legacy: his opposition to the war in Vietnam and his indictments of American militarism. As America continues to make unending and devastating wars... Continue Reading →

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Yes… and?

Just like our physical muscles need to be pushed and challenged in new ways, our brains need the same kind of workout. If we always do bicep curls, we're going to have some fantastic biceps, but our other muscles will look pretty puny in comparison! So I'd like to share with you one of the... Continue Reading →

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On Handwriting A Novel

As you know, I've recently finished the first draft of my novel My Dear Sophy. You might not know, however, that I handwrote the whole thing. That's right. I used my hand, a pen, and some notebooks to scratch out my little book. Here's what my tools looked like (hand included): Now, when I mention... Continue Reading →

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