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Do you long for the company of other writers? Consider taking a class or joining a writers retreat. Click here. My books spring from a curiosity about English and a desire to understand how writing makes us laugh, well up with tears, or just say “ahhhh.” This site shares tips and resources, insights and inspiration—all in the interest of encouraging wicked good prose. And this blog brings you boneheaded errors and brilliant passages, random thoughts and ruminations. Let’s plunge into the peculiarities of prose.... More posts >>

Shedding old ideas about books

On or about June 1, 2015, my second book went over that magic threshold: 100,000 copies sold. I was elated. I’d written Sin and Syntax in 1998 and refused to give up on it. The elation was soon dampened, though, when I realized that my “residual income” of $1.13 per paperback did not put me on a path either to financial stability or creative freedom.

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Crafting truth

Whether I’m writing an article about Hawaiian cowboys or a book on the intricacies of a sentence, I keep my journalist hat tugged on tight. Part of why I’m a professional writer is that I love research (and learning new things). But another part is that I find the process of getting things right to be challenging—and satisfying.

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