Writing an opening to a short story or novel is one of the things that often stumps writers.
The beginning as a place mark
We sit in front of the keyboard, poised, with an idea for a book spinning … Continue reading >>
The world needs an illustrated grammar lesson concerning aw and awe.
Aw is a noise
Aw is the word for a noise you make when you see something that's freaking adorable, like a baby hedgehog or Betty … Continue reading >>
Free your body
"Did you get a gym membership?" the saleswoman at Dunham Sporting Goods asked as she rung up the armload of sale-priced activewear I dumped on the counter.
"No," I said. "I need new … Continue reading >>
What Makes a Writer, and Am I One?
Are you a real writer?
It’s a loaded question to ask a room full of writers. Some will be offended that you even asked. “I write, therefore I’m a writer,” … Continue reading >>
Would you be surprised to know that much of your writing work is done in places other than at your desk or computer? You know your writing has taken over your life when:
You idly roam the … Continue reading >>
I picked up this gem about setting and emotion at a writer's conference:
When writing, consider putting your characters in a location or setting that contrasts the scene's emotional impact.
This … Continue reading >>