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 Writing Room: Writing About Your Mother? — Words of Caution from Lori Gottlieb

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Planning to write about your mother? You might reconsider after reading Lori Gottlieb's essay in today's New York Times Book … [Read more...]

The Writing Room: To Niche or Not to Niche?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Where do I belong - spiritually, philosophically, politically? As a writer? It's not easy to pigeonhole me, and believe me … [Read more...]

Writing Room: The Punch Line Always Goes Last

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Everyone knows that the punch line goes at the end of a joke, not the beginning. A mystery writer knows to set the story up … [Read more...]

The Writing Room: Is Less More? Or Is More More?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Which of the following paragraphs works better for you? Why? "It was a letter from the lover who had left me heartbroken … [Read more...]

The Writing Room: Two Must-Have Craft Journals for the Literary Writer

By Barbara Falconer Newhall When the pile of periodicals on the kitchen counter at our house gets to be about a foot high and the magazines, slippery and … [Read more...]