7 writing lessons learned from my kitten

Last time, I went over the most overused piece of writing advice out there: kill your darlings.

I received some criticism that I pointed out a flaw without offering any advice of my own, which just shows me people don’t read to the end of my posts, because I clearly offered up some ways of phrasing it different so it worked better.

Still, It’s only fair that I do my part to help out other aspiring (or even established) writers out there. And I was able to get some inspiration from my kitten, Tiberius. Continue reading

3 reasons writers need to stop giving the advice “Kill Your Darlings”

I enjoy writing. In addition to this blog, I’ve written stories for friends (all unrequested, I assure you), long-winded emails to coworkers, and several short stories. I’ve been working on various novels off and on since I was a child, none of which have made it very far.

But I enjoy it a lot, and I’m always looking to improve. As such, I read a lot of writing manuals and advice columns, blog posts and interviews. So while I don’t have much experience being paid to be a published writer, I have lots of experience studying writing.

It’s this extensive experience that gives me three reasons why I’m asking everyone to stop giving the overused advice “Kill your darlings.” Continue reading

Watering Willy: The commercial that’s too good to be real, but is actually real

Today I saw a commercial that I was pretty sure at least four times during the showing was fake, but it’s completely real.

It’s Watering Willy, and it’s magnificent in all the weirdest ways.

If you haven’t seen it, here it is in all its glory:

I don’t even care if you don’t read the rest of this post. Just make sure you watch that video. Continue reading