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Rule #11 Collect Pennies

This week on How to Write Good, I continue with my rules. Sometimes, I run into something that I continue to go back to again and again. One of the things that has stuck with me since I read it is a personal essay by Annie Dillard called "Seeing." In the essay, Annie talks about how she used to hide pennies so people would have a surprise they can find. She then connects this idea of pennies to finding small but beautiful things in the world. In my own life, I have found her ideas to be...


Failing, Rebooting, and Starting Over

This week on How to Write Good, I talk about starting over. One of my biggest fears is that I am doing something wrong and that I am going to find years down the road that because I have been doing something wrong, I will have wasted my time. I think a lot of people think the same way. This stops a lot of people from moving forward. For those of you who are starting out, the answer is planning and perseverance (easier said than done), but what about those of us who have found yourself at a...


One Last Toast for Ebenezer Fleet: Chapter One

The seminal chapter of One Last Toast for Ebenezer Fleet. Hosea arrives at his parents' house for their thirtieth anniversary with the fear of telling them that he is engaged, but this fear quickly goes away when he discovers something else, something wrong, very wrong. Thanks for checking out my story, One Last Toast for Ebenezer Fleet. If you enjoyed this story, please leave a review on iTunes. Find out more about me and other work that I am doing at Follow me on...


The State of Hollywood and Why We Go to the Movies

On this episode of How to Write Good I talk about the plethora of remakes, sequels, and based-on-a-true-story movies that are coming out in 2019. I discuss why we go see movies, why moviemakers make movies, and how I expect the movie industry to change in the next 10 to 15 years. Remember to stay in touch at my website at and follow How to Write Good on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get all the latest updates on what is happening with the podcast.


Merry Christmas from Public House Media!

A special Christmas message from PHM founder Baxter Colburn.


Rule #10 Take Your Time

In writing, as in most creative endeavors, patience is a requirement. On this week's episode of How to Write Good, I talk about how taking your time can help you write better as well as a strategy for starting out slow and developing writing stamina.


The Discouraged Writer

We take a break from writing rules on this week's episode of How to Write Good to talk about realizing that success happens overnight for very few. We discuss the need to find intrinsic motivation to write or do something creative.


Rule #9 People Get Bored Quickly

We continue with the rules for How to Write Good. Join me as I talk about Mad Max, musical dynamics, and loud noises on this week's episode of How to Write Good.


Long Distance Relationships with 7000 Apart

On this week's episode of HTWG, I have the honor to host the musical duo 7000 Apart. Not only a musical duo, they are husband and wife, and we talk about everything from their band name, to creativity, to the creative process used to arrive at both compelling music and compelling story. Learn more about 7000 Apart by visiting their website,, or following them on Facebook or Instagram @7000apart.


Rule #8 Paragraphs Convey a Single Idea or Experience

On this week's episode of How to Write Good, I talk about how paragraphs should be used to convey ideas. How should sentences fit into specific paragraphs? How should paragraphs fit into chapters? How should chapters fit into a larger story? And is it okay to use topic sentences to describe something in a story? Find out on this week's episode of How to Write Good.


Rule #7 Every Writing Tool Is Useful for Something; Some Are More Useful than Others

One of my biggest pet peeves in writing is when a writer tells me I shouldn't do something or use a specific word, whether this writer is Stepen King telling me I shouldn't be using adverbs or Vonnegut telling me that I shouldn't be using semicolons. I love semicolons; they make me happy. In this episode of How to Write Good, I talk about the different rules writers have put on the writing world as well as why they have done this. Besides this, I talk about my objections to these rules while...


Rule #6 Use the Reader's Imagination

We have gone through the first five and most important rules for writing. Now, we continue by talking about rules that apply to creative writing more specifically. For Rule #6, we talk about how each reader has a specific set of information they are coming to writing with, and we are not trying to convey something perfectly specific in our writing but are trying to get across a basic idea they are able to fill out themselves.


Rule # 5 If You Can't See It, You Can't Make Your Readers See It

For Rule #5, I talk about the necessity of knowing what you are talking about when you are writing. If you want to write something that you know nothing about, you need to take time to understand that thing. For non-fiction, this requires close reading, but for every time of writing, it requires time for you to ruminate about the topic. For fiction, you will have to kick your imagination into gear (which is why fiction writing is so much more fun). Stay in touch with my by visiting my...


Rule #4 Appeal to the Senses

Rule #4 makes its debut on How to Write Good this week. Why is it so much better to read something that is describing something you can touch, smell, taste, and feel, and why should you always write to appeal to the five senses? Find out on this week of How to Write Good. To stay in touch with me, check out my website at


Rule #3 People Have Short Memories

My third writing rule on this week's episode of How to Write Good. Why does it matter that people have short memories? Join me as I talk about Rubik's cubes, spinning plates, translating math problems (eww), and the best Word of the Week in the history of Words of the Week. Stay in touch at


Rule #2 Grammar Serves Meaning

On this week's episode of How to Write Good, I continue with my second rule: Grammar serves meaning, where I talk about everything from creoles, pidgins, babies babbling, grammar rules, grammar non-rules, and my pet peeves. Stay in touch by visiting my website,


Rule #1 Writing Follows Language

In this episode of #howtowritegood, I am a hypocrite. Though I promised that I would never tell anyone how to write, I am presenting my rules for writing. With these rules, I am attempting to find what is true for writing across the board. What is the first rule? Writing follows after language. Learn how to write by learning how to write on How to Write Good. As always, stay in touch by visiting my website,


Why We Love Horror with Peter Laws

Author Peter Laws joins me on this episode of How to Write Good, and we discuss why people enjoy getting scared (which really doesn't make much sense to me at all). Find out more about Peter on his website, You can also follow him on Twitter @peterlaws or check out his book that came out yesterday, "The Frighteners: Why We Love Monsters, Ghosts, Death, and Gore." Stay in touch with me at my website at


The Mundane

On this week's episode of How to Write good, I talk about how writing is not a glamorous endeavor. Good writing does not come from sudden flashes of genius that send the writer into an hour-long writing binge. They come from setting aside a little bit of time every day and writing. Check out my website to stay in touch at


A Different Language than Your Father's

In this episode, I talk about how reflecting on past writers is important to building the skill of writing, but too many people see mimicking others as the primary way in which good writing is developed. Since the language has changed, so too has good writing, and writers should seek to experiment and find what sounds and fits best with the current language (and possibly even the future of the language) to find their unique voice. Check out my website at to keep up with​...