HI, I’m Bill Polm
About this Blog
You can become a better writer and it doesn’t have to take a long time. It takes work, practice, and lots of writing, but there are ways to accelerate your progress by listening to experienced writers who share what they’ve learned and how they write the way they write
My aim with this blog and my writing experience
I want to provide ideas here that can help you become a better writer. I know they have helped me and, in fact, continue to do so. So my primary purpose here is to share what I have learned and am learning from my writing and study of the craft through the years. The majority of my experience is in nonfiction, with professional work as a ghost writer, copywriter, technical and legal writer. I have a BA in English with a writing emphasis, and I’ve been writing actively for over 50 years.
I’ve also been a student of fiction writing for many years, and my current novel is getting closer now to publishing quality.
For an example relating to fiction technique, here’s a recent post: questions to ask when writing scenes.
I will be including not just my own ideas and experiences but also those of other writers and teachers of the craft. I like to write reviews too to give you my take on the best how-to books and blogs available, and there are quite a few of them available.
Also, I want to deal, not so much with grammar, labeling the parts of speech and how they are correctly used in sentences, but more with syntax and rhetoric, the way words, phrases, clauses are put together to form sentences and paragraphs that connect with readers and are easy to understand. Hence my focus is on both the craft and the art of writing.
For another example, have a look at this post on the modern English sentence.
About the Author
My home is in the Pacific Northwest, USA. My area of choice. I’m father to two fun, happily-married gals, and I’m known as “Pa-Pa” to six delightful and energetic grandchildren.
I’m Christian but never pushy about it. I like reading sci-fi, fantasy, mysteries, spiritual topics, art how-to books and about the latest technology. I also enjoy walks through the lush green and often rainy landscapes nearby.
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