The Writing Room

I’m a writer who loves to talk about writing, so if you’re a writer or an aspiring writer I hope you'll stop by now and then and keep me company . . . You’ll find writing tips here as well as my thoughts on the writing life. Watch out, though. The Grammar Geek will be putting in her two cents from time to time.

The Trouble With Daffodils — and My Writing

By Barbara Falconer Newhall I don't like daffodils. I feel about daffodils the way I feel about some of my writing - too damned cheerful. Too … [Read more...]

The Writing Room: My Idea of a Good Time — A Week in the Mountains with a Bunch of Other Writers

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Want to meet a poet? Like say, Kazim Ali, Forrest Gander, Brenda Hillman, Evie Shockley or Dean Young? Or maybe your more … [Read more...]

The Writing Room: George Leonard and the Tao of Writing

By Barbara Falconer Newhall I've thought of George Leonard often over the years. And when I read in the New York Times last month that he had died on … [Read more...]

The Writing Room: Carol Edgarian’s Letter to a Young Writer

Whether you're a brand-new writer or writer of many years, you might want to read Carol Edgarian's Letter to a Young Writer in a back issue of Narrative … [Read more...]

The Writing Room: Different From, Different Than – Which Is It?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall I was at the gym working my pecs and abdominals on the stretching apparatus the other day when I spotted a flyer posted by a … [Read more...]