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Go From Good to Great Using Your Powers of Observation

By Susan Orlean

(This article originally appeared in Medium on November 5, 2021. I wanted to repost it here because Susan Orlean has been a tremendous teacher for me in my writing career. If you want to know how to craft compelling nonfiction, read her work!)

It’s stating the obvious to […]

On longing, envy (and yes, writing)

There was a time in my early forties when I once spent the better part of a day shopping for a soap dish and toothbrush holder that would perfectly match the brushed nickel faucets in my newly remodeled spa bathroom. Back then, I was extremely proud of my just-spicy-enough jambalaya […]

Gimme the page over a party anytime

Last weekend, I attended my first post-Covid party—a warm, summer night gathering held in a friend’s leafy yard.

I arrived excited. There were people–lots of them! And all seemed to be smiling. The collective vibe: Covid is over!

After grabbing a glass of rose, I launched into conversations with a swirl of […]

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Why I Didn’t Publish My Memoir

I’ve worked as a writer ever since I graduated with a journalism degree in 1982. For almost every piece of writing I’ve done, I’ve had a contract to write it ahead of time. I’ve known the topic, the length, the audience, and how much I’d be paid for my efforts.

With […]


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