Happy Holidays! This Friday Fragment is another writing exercise I pulled from a recent read. It is quick and fun. I could see this being a spark for moments of “writer’s block” or particularly rewarding for poetic efforts. For me, … Continue reading Friday Fragments #3
To talk to another writer about sentences feels like forging a connection based on the most intimate and arcane sort of shoptalk, much the way mathematicians might bond on the basis of a shared admiration for some obscure, elegant theorem….The … Continue reading Beautiful Sentences: A Collection for Writers
I’ve decided to reshape my writing time. Right now any kind of writing schedule is out, and the inconsistency is frustrating. Instead I’ve decided to pull some writing exercises from the various writing books lining my desk, and tackle one … Continue reading Friday Fragments #2
If you’re showing, then you’re not telling. If you’re telling, then you’re not writing well. Show OR Tell. When, in practice, show AND tell is more useful. While I am certain this is not a new idea, it is an … Continue reading Show AND Tell: Writing Grandma
I’ve been reading The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera which has me thinking about how and what we forget. Or, to flip it, how or what we remember and why. I just finished reading an eARC of Race … Continue reading How Reading Works: A Lesson
I’ve got some good news and some bad news. There may be formulas and guidelines and outlines and plot lines to consider when writing, but when it comes right down to it, writing success appears to be a hodgepodge of … Continue reading Some Good News & Some Bad News
You may be a kitchen-master who looks at a pile of ingredients and whips up directions such as pinch, dash, estimate, a little bit, about a cupful, and whoa nelly! I, sadly, am not. I cringe when I ask for a recipe and … Continue reading Don’t Mince Your Words: Writing Lessons from the Kitchen
We just came back from a few days at Walt Disney World. These are three of my favorite things: reading, writing, and traveling. So I started noodling the various ways they influence one another. My thinking was all over the … Continue reading What Does A Family Vacation to Walt Disney World Have to Do with Reading and Writing?
If you are a parent of small children, you have no greater opportunity than now to take pictures of absurd cautionary signs, post them out-of-context on social media and bless everyone with a laugh. Do it. I posted the above … Continue reading Context? What Context?