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.

My Focus…

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.


P.S.  You  may also wish to take a peek at my watercolor websites at





11 thoughts on “About

  1. JC Page

    Hi Bill,
    Thank-you for the Blog/Website. Just signing on today. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year:) Looking forward to reading more!
    All the Best,

  2. admin

    Thank you, Jenn.
    (I posted my reply, by mistake, under my most recent post, then realized it might not reach you, so I reply here too.)

    My blog is still fairly new, so any visitor is a thrill, and a signup makes my day.

    So glad you found my content interesting enough.

    Among my next few blogs, I anticipate writing on (1) Does your writing read like a thriller? And (2) How do you get and develop writing ideas? Approximate titles.

  3. admin

    Thank you, Carol. Congratulations of graduating LRWG. Hope you find a good agent. Let me know when your novel is out there for reading. My instructor at LRWG was Mary Rosenblum–a wonderful tutor! I learned so much from her.

  4. betsyborchardt

    I am impressed with your About page. I find your writing emphasis on non-fiction with a secondary interest in fiction interesting. I checked out the link to your post on writing scenes. I found it helpful as I am working to develop scenes in the beginning of my second novel. I look forward to exploring your blog. Thanks for the follow on my blog. I am happy people find it worth reading and coming back to. Hope the New Year brings you writing successes. Betsy

  5. admin

    Hi Betsy,
    So glad you visited my humble blog and found some of my writing helpful.
    I recommend you check out K. M. (Katie) Weiland’s blog for really good fiction writing advice and insights. She’s among the best around, and a fine Christian too.
    It’s here: http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/
    She just did a 3 part series on scenes–not to be missed!
    Her short story “The Memory LIghts” (available at Amazon, including on Kindle) is one of the finest contemporary short stories I’ve read.

    1. betsyborchardt

      Hi Bill,
      Thanks for the link to Katie Weiland’s blog. The scene advice is just what I’m looking for. You seem to have accumulated a treasure-trove of information, Bill. Will also look into “The Memory Lights”. I have plans for writing short stories, but don’t know where to start. Thanks for recommending it. Maybe it’ll give me insights into short stories. Betsy


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