Five Writing Lessons I Learned from My Alaska Trip

  I’m wrapping up two weeks of working, visiting and sightseeing in the region between Anchorage and Valdez, Alaska, and the landscape has been just about what you would imagine. Majestic mountains everywhere; waterfalls hundreds of feet high; glacier-fed lakes...

20 Interview Tips for Writers

Any journalist will tell you that the most crucial factor in writing a successful article is the interview. Whether you’re a reporter asking questions of one source or a public relations executive interviewing a suite full of leaders, the way you prepare for and...

Seven Ways to Make Your Writing Edgier

The mantra of the current high-intensity, high-tech age seems to be “edgy.” Those with an edgy self-image demand that their lyrics be defiant; their TV dramas, tense; and their recreation, risky. Needless to say, these folks are easily bored. Standard...

How to Cut to the Heart in Your Writing

This season’s buzz phrase should be “buzz saw.” Everyone is cutting back. Congress is slashing budgets, residents trying to sell their homes are performing price-ectomies, and cities are trying to reduce their size to reflect falling population...