word craft



The End

Manuscript Sent

Today, I am send­ing a new man­u­script to my edi­tor. I’ve been work­ing on it for a year. I’ve shared it with no one.

Read More »
Who Was That Masked Man Anyway?

The Lone Ranger and Me

It’s dif­fi­cult to explain the enor­mous impact radio drama—kids’ radio drama—had on me. When a boy, I lis­tened to it every day, start­ing at five in the after­noon. Nights too. 

Read More »


Why and how: As a writer, I use a dic­tio­nary of course. But I also make steady use of a Thesaurus. 

Read More »
Freddy the Detective

Where I get my ideas

Prob­a­bly the ques­tion read­ers (young and old) most often ask me is “Where do you get your ideas?”  I’ve been asked that ques­tion for more than fifty years.  The answer is mul­ti­fac­eted:  To begin with, I grew up in a house of books.  I had great grand­par­ents who were writ­ers. One of my grand­moth­ers was. My par­ents had

Read More »

A Modest Proposal

We should just stop teach­ing young peo­ple to read. Con­sid­er all the ben­e­fits that would bring.

Read More »

There is no one way to write

On my web­site, these past three months of sum­mer a great vari­ety of my friends and colleagues—successful writ­ers all—have been offer­ing ideas, tips, and sug­ges­tions about writing.

Read More »
James Ponti

Writing Tip: James Ponti

Have you ever been over­whelmed when you start to write some­thing? Wor­ried that it isn’t quite good enough? Wor­ried that it’s not per­fect or important?

Read More »