Thinking Well

It has been said that the teacher often learns more than the students, and I can vouch for the truth of that adage. For the past ten months, I have been teaching a writing class for ESL students. The experience has greatly expanded my understanding of writing.

To set the context, my students are all […]

Overcoming the Squirms

Writing is seldom the glamorous activity that many perceive it to be. At times, it can be absolute torture. And this can be particularly true when we experience what Ayn Rand called “the squirms.” (This is better known as writer’s block.)

The squirms occur when we become paralyzed in our writing. No matter how clear […]

God is in the Details

Presenting philosophical ideas to a general audience is a huge challenge. This is particularly true when the ideas that we are presenting challenge the audience’s views and beliefs.

One of the most effective ways to do this is to concretize—to present examples that the audience can understand and relate to. It is easy to make […]

Atlas Shrugged Syndrome

One of the cardinal principles of writing is to delimit the subject. This can be very difficult at times, because everything is related. We can start with a narrow topic, and before we know it, we are trying to address every side issue. We wind up with a piece that is much longer than is […]

A Writing Lesson

I wrote my first book in about fifteen months. I have been working on my second book for nearly two years, and the process has been both frustrating and illuminating.

The frustrating part has been the slow progress. While I have done a tremendous amount of research, I also did a lot of research for […]