About Paul

I grew up in Marin County, California, and moved to Connecticut to join The News-Times, a community newspaper in Danbury where I eventually served as editor for 10 years. I joined Western Connecticut State University and ran the PR and development offices. I now serve as director of community relations and public affairs. I have four kids, all with the same wife, and now run Writing Associates, a consulting service that makes writing easier for my clients.

Writing as pain and art

I would like to point out the obvious by saying we should use different writing styles for different assignments. A novel by a master will be more majestic than a press release or directions to assemble a bicycle. Here’s an example of a description of city light seen through a […]

Writing as pain

A fashionable writing lesson

While watching “What Not to Wear,” a reality TV show that helps women figure out how to dress more fashionably, the female host said that one contestant had the “boringest” wardrobe ever. My 15-year-old daughter asked, “Is that a real word?” My heart leapt with happiness. I lecture my kids […]

Deadline, thou art my muse

There are plenty of elements that comprise creativity, but sometimes the most important one is the inspiration created by a deadline. The professional writer’s gift is that we know that if we just sit down to write, we can push through and come up with something that is, at the […]


Why I write

I have promised myself I will start blogging again. For a while I was busy and even when I had time to write for myself, I spent it doing other things, like mowing the lawn. The lawn is looking good now and I have realized that even when I am […]


Face your fears – and the editorial board

ELECTION DAY Even those of us who love our jobs dread some tasks that we can’t avoid. For many politicians, it’s the interview with the local newspaper’s editorial board. The horror is over for at least another two years, but I imagine a lot of candidates will relive the scene […]

Baseball and life: A happy medium

I happen to be a fan of the San Francisco Giants, who happen to have won three of the last five World Series. But since my team is not in the playoffs this year, and I live in Metsland, I’m rooting for the New Yorkers. I’m generous that way. Also, […]

How to write for women

During a conversation with a group of writers, artists and other creative types one of the participants asked if I could handle a specific assignment. Can you write for women?” she asked. I answered with an enthusiastic “Yes!” The one other guy in the group literally harrumphed. “There’s no writing […]

Learning how to talk about difficult topics

Too often, the things we need most to talk about go unsaid, like the way we look and differences in our cultures. Usually, we settle into our customs and prejudices and leave it to someone else to question orthodoxy. The good thing about working at a university is that the […]