Category: Resources for Writers

Useful Metaphors

‘Kill your darlings,’ the writing teacher’s commandment for which this site is named, is a most useful and robust metaphor. It doesn’t just tell writers to mistrust themselves when they become especially enamored of a bit of their writing, but…

Just Do It. Again and Again.

Go Figure: Musings from the Mind of Rob Wilstein “When I finished one book, I wouldn’t write for a while. Then I had to learn how to do it all over again. The arm goes cold; there’s a learning process…

How Do You Say Hamburger in Farsi?

Some years ago I taught Communications 201 at Boston University. It was a plum job, as adjunct jobs go, because our students longed to be in the business of writing. They understood, as many students of creative writing do not, that…

Organization for the Disorganized

I am not an organized person. People often tell me they are surprised by this, and I’m surprised that they are surprised. In my previous life as an accountant, I got looks and sideways glances from many a supervisor for…