Looking Forward (October 2019 Update): The Quadmonthly Happiness Report

  We’ve rebranded FirewaterCo as FirewaterCorp, just because I like what Lex Luthor’s done with LexCorp. It’s time, once again, for our quadmonthly happiness report. As the above inspirational quote poster suggests, our organization adheres to the philosophy that true happiness is achieved by always having something to look forward to. While this includes many […]

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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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