Important Writing Rule


Good authors don’t use adverbs… except for the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, Rainbow Rowell, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jess Walter, Dodie Smith, Mark Twain, Henning Mankell, and pretty much everyone else* on my bookshelves.

*I didn’t find any in the four pages I read of the late Donald Barthelme’s work, but I knew him, so I forgive him.



Apostrophes are my friends. Therefore, I’m going to let the Italian characters in my novel use them, instead of sounding like they came out of an Errol Flynn pirate movie.

Comma Solution


Spread your manuscript on the floor. Take a giant handful of commas and throw it in the air. Stick them in wherever they fall. Works as well as any other method. #amediting