Help!, not Helf! for Writers

The folks at Poynter, spearheaded by Roy Peter Clark, have given us for the small price tag of $1.99 a mobile app.

This is like having a writing coach in your pocket. It’s like a cliff-notes version of Clark’s book Help! for Writers. To me this is a compass. You pull your phone out, hold it in your hand, and find out where your True North is.

There’s even audio from RPC himself giving you reason to believe what you’re doing as a writer isn’t some fruitless venture. Which, trust me, I often say to myself when I wake up a 2:12 in the morning wondering where my life is going and whether I’ve wasted the past ten years. Jury is still deliberating.

Any little thing that helps us improve and become better with these letters on this keyboard I’m all for. I’m a grinder. I’m no natural, but if I have anything, it’s a maniacal drive to put in more hours at the ledger than most. Somebody, somewhere is outworking me, and I’ll be damned if I get outworked in this business. I’m mid-pack in terms of talent so I need to make up for that, and apps like this get me one step closer.


The Dawning of a New Ear … I Mean Era

Written by Brendan O’Meara

So here’s the deal. I’m moving all operations to this website, the blog, whatever commerce I have, everything! Toda el mundo, amigos!

Why, you ask? It just makes sense. That’s the short answer, but I have a feeling you want me to keep going and who I am to deny my fans (thanks, Mom)? Picture an amusement park, a successful one, not Euro Disney or Euro Itchy and Scratchy Land. For years now I have had my “writing” blog on blogger (still there, hanging out in the ether), but you’d have to hop all around from here to there to Twitter to Facebook, blibbity, blah, blibbity. Now, with the Blog Itself—The Blog of Author Brendan O’Meara—right here and all my other vital links right here, there’s no reason to move. If you want to buy a book. Boom! Buy a book (and keep your eyes peeled for wacky and wild deals, 2 for the price 1? It could happen and this is the only place—save for a book signing—where you can get it personally inscribed). You want to read my bio (this will become more interesting). Boom! You get the picture. It’s all going to be here, your one-stop shop for all the things you’ve come to love.

So what do you say? You excited as I am? Oh, c’mon, I know you are.