10 books that will make you a better writer (and why)

Useful article for writers by Shaunta Grimes at StartupGrind Books every fiction writer should own By Shaunta Grimes for StartupGrind Last week, I wrote about 25 habits that will make you a better writer. This week, I thought — let’s dive into books. After twenty-plus years writing, I’ve collected some resources that I absolutely couldn’t do with out.…Read more 10 books that will make you a better writer (and why)

Viet Thanh Nguyen: In praise of doubt and uselessness

'Ignorance can sometimes — not always, but sometimes — be as beneficial as knowledge. Ignorance is beneficial when we are aware of it.'   Source: Los Angeles Times Author: Viet Thanh Nguyen Almost exactly 20 years ago, I arrived in Los Angeles in the month of June. I had received my doctorate from UC Berkeley…Read more Viet Thanh Nguyen: In praise of doubt and uselessness


  Going to bed at night, washing his teeth; standing in the fishmongers where fish, their weight, freshness and value is discussed; walking from the medical clinic and before that, sitting in the doctor's reception, staring, thinking. Walking to the shop for milk and bread. A writer grinds words to percolate.

Trumpet’s Downfall, part 3

(part 3 of The Rise & Fall of Donald Trumpet Esq.) Thomas Wellspring II found Bench waiting for him, as arranged, in the back room of a small alehouse, down a laneway near the dockside. It was a deceptive location, he noted, barely noticeable in the alley gloom but inside, so much more spacious than…Read more Trumpet’s Downfall, part 3


  He had a bunch of questions, like why did they call him Rupert, for example? Isn't that a cartoon bear's name? I mean, c'mon? And then growing up in an urban jungle, wall to wall concrete and they pick up your shit. All I want is a tree to pee.

Trumpet’s Downfall, part 2

Part 4 of The Rise & Fall of Donald Trumpet Esq. This is it, blog post #500. I began writing this blog in 2014 but by March 2016, I had written only 80 blogs. The other 420 have been written since then. It is fun but it does take time to find your groove, so…Read more Trumpet’s Downfall, part 2