Writing Extremes are Always BS.

I'm a writer and editor. I know the rules. Don't use "felt." Don't use "very." Don't use "-ly" words. Don't use adverbs at all if you can help it. Don't use to-be verbs. Show, don't tell. Don't use flashbacks. Start in scene. Don't use passive voice. These are all good rules. But there's one more … Continue reading Writing Extremes are Always BS.

A Religion of Rulebreakers

My mom was never allowed to cut her hair short. She grew up in a very strict church and 1 Corinthians 11 says that women shouldn't cut their hair, so she always kept her tresses long and holy. But then she noticed that black women were allowed to cut their hair short and no one … Continue reading A Religion of Rulebreakers