Last weekend, after meeting several deadlines (both real and self-imposed) and hacking my way through two difficult revisions during the week, I decided to take a weekend away from writing. I needed a break. During the weekend I didn’t write
I try to post the Unblocker prompts on Tuesday and Thursday, and post the video blog in the middle, but I wasn’t very good with reading the calendar this week. Today’s episode of The Three Minute Writer is dedicated to
Another Thursday, another photograph to inspire your writing. I found the lovely colors and texture of this photo of a Mardi Gras-style mask to be compelling. If you are stuck with a story or character, try working this mask into
Continuing where last week’s Unblocker left off, we remain focused on childhood. This series of Unblocker writing exercises combines Legacy Writing (writing with a focus on personal history) with exercises you can use to break free if you’ve found your
Last year, I found a literary journal that provides the first line to the writer, and then picks the best submissions that begin with that first line. (The magazine is called, The First Line. Makes sense, right?) The first issue
This marks my 100th post to Stories I Read, Stories I tell. A nice little milestone. Thanks to those of you who stop in and check out my mildly entertaining ramblings from time to time. I really do appreciate it.
I selected Kerry McGovern’s photo of a woman, sitting on a bench, near a pond because of the reflective nature of the photo. The woman’s eyes are closed, her head tilted back, and she appears to be lost in thought.
Some say writing is like riding a bike: Once you learn, you don’t forget how to do it. What say you? [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpdY5hojNsU]
Last week I began a series of Unblocker writing exercises which combine Legacy Writing (writing with a focus on personal history, bordering on memoir) with Fiction Writing. My theory is this: The legacy writing exercises can also be good for
People ask about my process when they find out I’m a writer. “What does that look like? Do you sit at the computer all day?” Yes. Some days. But not most. I think it is a question people ask because