Finding Your Writer’s Voice

Photo by Jason Rosewell on Unsplash When I was a young man, I was confused about what was meant by a “writer’s voice.” I was committing words to paper, not recording an outgoing message on an answering machine. How does “voice” figure into that? Over the years, I’ve come to recognize the authorial voice. You […]

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10-List: Essential Books for Writers

Okay. Maybe the word “essential” is overused. But, this is a more efficient title than “Firewater’s Personal Recommendations of Books for Writers, Limited to 10 of His Nonfictional Favorites.” As with any list of things, your personal mileage may vary. Although I haven’t read every book about writing or every reference book ever published, I […]

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Am I a Nerd?

For me, the word “nerd” didn’t exist until the television series Happy Days. That was the term the super-cool character Fonzie used to describe everyone who wasn’t—well, him. We all wanted to be Fonzie, of course, but none of us were. Including Henry Winkler, who played Fonzie. The truth is, most of us were nerds. […]

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True Romance — a movie review

I can’t remember if I watched True Romance the first time before or after I watched Reservoir Dogs, although I’m certain I watched neither until after I watched Pulp Fiction. If I had to guestimate a date, I’d say I watched it around 1997. This would have been three years after the movie bombed in […]

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