Themes Are for Disneyland, Not Writers

Themes are for parks like Disneyland, not for books. When it comes to writing, I prefer to sculpt my stories around an armature. I came upon this concept in an extraordinary little writing book called Invisible Ink by Brian McDonald. I admit my eyes glaze over when...

Biz Speak Not Spoken Here

If you want to do business, say what you mean. That sounds so simple. But often reading a business report, memo, e-mail, or newsletter is like swimming in concrete. You have to STUDY the sentences and words to understand the message. Who has time for that? Part of...

Editor, Do No Harm

Back around 200 B.C., a humble physician named Patanjali wrote the Yoga Sutra, a guide for living the right life. In this essential yogic text, Patanjali discusses the practice of ahimsa: harm no creature in thought or deed. After September 11, 2001, I wrote about...