My name is Linda Aragoni.
For half a century, I’ve made my living by making big ideas simple.
I wrote technical texts for non-techies.
I wrote books on technical topics like steam turbine installation and drug interactions so that the guys in Indonesia with a screwdriver could install the steam turbine and the ex-blacksmith in upstate New York could pitch his company’s new drug to doctors.
I taught students who hated writing to write.
I taught students at five traditional colleges and three online ones to write straightforward expository prose by simplifying the process to eight strategies expressed in 34 words.
I shared my teaching tricks with other writing teachers.
I operated You-Can-Teach-Writing.com for five years, then closed it and distilled its 450 pages down to yctWriting.com. Now confine my “academic” work to PUSHwriting and selling books about how to teach writing.
I read and reviewed vintage fiction.
To reassure English teachers that I wasn’t anti-fiction, I reviewed all the bestselling novels of the twentieth century at my blog GreatPenformances.
Next: Books about how to visit in a nursing home.
I’ve been a nursing home visitor off and on since I was a youngster. During my most recent experience, residents said, “Ugh” when I told them I wanted to write about how to visit in a nursing home. But when I told them I’d title the book what people said to me when I visited—”Thanks for dropping by”—they said that would be good.
I’ve teamed up with a former nursing home activities director. We are working on a set of books for different types of visitors, from folks with loved ones in the nursing home to people, to people like myself, who just get a kick out of turning strangers into friends in a hour in five- or ten-minute visits once a week.
If you want to tag along while I learn how to publish books for people who aren’t paid to read them, give me your email address and I’ll send you monthly updates about my success or lack thereof.