I write a lot of different kinds of things. I write marketing stuff, fiction, music. I think it would behoove us to focus on that last one for a second, though. One of the things I stressed the most about writing when I was teaching workshops was very simple: music.

Whether you are writing a song or not, you are writing music. Rhythm, assonance, alliteration…these are like the whipped cream on top of the writing cake. Writing is a very complicated proposition. You need to tell a story, but you want to “lull” the reader into the story…you don’t want them to be aware that they are being told a story. So, you hypnotize.

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Let’s Have a Chat…

“So what are you going to write about?”

“Hell, I don’t know.”

“What are your options?”

“I mean…I can write whatever I want within reason. I guess.” Continue reading “Let’s Have a Chat…”

You Catch More Flies with Honey…

I write some edgy stuff. That might be to my detriment. I sometimes talk about my actual beliefs – I have this thing about honesty – I’m sure that hurts me. I’ve gotten some flack about the fact that I don’t hate homosexuals for instance. Apparently, homophobia is still all the rage. Sorry, I like the gays. I am in the business of selling my writing and, to a certain extent, myself. The Internet is forever. Whatever I throw up there sticks. And it reflects on me. I refuse to be dishonest. But at least I’m nice. Continue reading “You Catch More Flies with Honey…”


I am going to share a very important secret with you. It is part of what makes IU successful. It helps me sell books. It helps my friends. It helps the community. And you can do it from the comfort of your own bathroom (or kitchen…whatever). It’s called pimping, and you don’t even need a feather hat (it helps though).

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