Category Archives: Writing Tips




This Worries Me

One of the teachers I work with has now signed off two separate emails with, “thanks for any help or advise you can give.”

I gave her the benefit of the doubt once…

Along the same lines… when I asked another teacher if she could email me her class roster in a spreadsheet rather than giving me a paper copy (seriously, what good is a paper copy anymore?) she replied, “you’re asking too much.”

Favorite Writing Tips Poster

Favorite Writing Tips Poster

First saw this poster hanging in the Writing Center at the University of Vermont library, my old haunts.

Learn English, they said…

Learn English, they said...

It’ll be fun, they said…


“Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed.”

-Ray Bradbury




“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ you’re editor will delete it, and the writing will be just as it should be.” – Mark Twain

“Cut out all these exclamation points.
An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald

Well. That’s win.

Exclamation Points!

Show, Don’t Tell



“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”  -Anton Chekhov

The Proper Use of Profanity

The Proper Use of Profanity

A must read. “Dactyls” was my favorite part.