The rough draft. Without a doubt, it is the most important element of your writing. It doesn’t matter WHAT you are writing. Without a rough draft ( a first draft), your project is still just a collection of good ideas and disjointed thoughts. I hear this all the time: I’m going to write a book or I’m[…]
Writing prompts may seem like an odd topic for a week like this has been, but you’ll see my point soon. Is it just me, or has this been a really long week? A string of long weeks in a row? It started in May for me with a life-and-death health crisis in my family.[…]
Writer’s block is what they call it. You know, that stuck place where words dry up, where thoughts and ideas vanish into thin air. Every writer is faced with it from time to time, even you. There are unlimited ways to free yourself from the sticky grasp of this dreaded plague. And most all of[…]
Writing is something I do nearly every single day. Without it, life seems empty, void of something valuable. So, whatever the weather outside, I am somewhere near a window (if I can’t be outdoors), my writing supplies close at hand. Autumn is my favorite time of year. I find everything about it totally enjoyable. From[…]
Writing exercises. What image does that conjure up in your mind? Do you see hours of boring writing chores that bog you down or only strengthen your inner suspicion that you are not a good writer? The very word exercises brings with it the possibility or probability of yet another meaningless task to perform. I’m[…]
Writing stories is a broad topic, but I say everybody has at least one, probably more. Do you become saturated with stories that seep up from somewhere within? How do you manage all of them? How do you keep your creative flow…and your sanity? Much time is spent talking about and training in the mechanics[…]
Writing prompts are a great way to start digging up your story/stories and bring those tales into the light where others can read and share them. You just have to tell your story! You must! Holidays become a great catalyst for remembering some of your stories. The Fourth of July is coming right up. What[…]
I saw one of those lists on Facebook not long ago of things that are gone now. It saddened me to see that writing letters ranked right up there with 8-tracks and phone booths. Is it true that letter writing holds no value today? Can that really be true? Oh no!