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#WriteTip: Breaking Habits of Seeing

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#WriteTip: Breaking Habits of Seeing

Spring has most definitely sprung, and what better way to celebrate than to pick up a camera and go outside. Today marks the mid-point of this blog’s celebration of National Poetry Month. So let’s take a break from poetry and practice seeing deeply instead. “Breaking Habits of Seeing” is a fun activity from Discovering the Writer Within by Bruce Ballenger and Barry Lane. Experienced writers make unique observations as second nature, but all writers occasionally fall victim to complacency. If you want to breathe new life into your writing, try this exercise. Breaking Habits of Seeing Whether done alone, with members of a writers’ group, or with students or...

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How to Find a #Critique Partner and Set Ground Rules

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How to Find a #Critique Partner and Set Ground Rules

If you’re writing for publication and have yet to share your work in progress with someone who can provide constructive feedback, you’re doing it wrong. Chances are, you feel at a loss for how to find a critique partner. Maybe you’re the type of writer who feels your work is good enough without the time and hassle required to exchange drafts. Think again. As writers, we are generally too close to our material to notice its flaws. Even though writing is often a solitary endeavor, it is the reader who is the final judge. A defensive, yet natural, tendency exists for the writer to blame the reader for not “getting it.” If multiple readers...

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Writing Process Blog Hop #amwriting

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Writing Process Blog Hop #amwriting

My infatuation with the writing process is probably readily apparent. It’s been awhile since I’ve focused a post around my current projects, so I was excited when Grace Peterson invited me to participate in a writing process blog hop. You may recall that I reviewed her memoir Reaching not too long ago. It’s great to be able to count Grace among my growing list of author and blogger friends. We’ll begin with Grace’s author bio. Afterward, I will answer four questions about my writing process before tagging three other authors to participate in the blog hop. Grace Peterson is a writer, author and blogger. She is published in several...

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Beware the Virtual Animal Hoarder #CreativeWriting

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Beware the Virtual Animal Hoarder #CreativeWriting

Not too long ago, my husband jokingly called me a virtual animal hoarder. Mind you, he had his index finger on a computer-animated tiger cub and was trying to get it to learn some tricks. Besides, virtual animal hoarder is a misnomer. I am a virtual fish hoarder. And maybe a virtual flower hoarder, but most definitely not a virtual animal hoarder. How did this happen? I’m going to blame my iPhone. It’s been almost three years since I got my first smartphone. It’s hard to imagine life before its tiny, shiny presence was always within arm’s reach, but it’s safe to say I’m not as app happy as some. The iPhone apps I download are generally free and in the top 25...

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The Allure of Magnetic Poetry

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The Allure of Magnetic Poetry

National Poetry Month continues! Here’s the deal. I love magnetic poetry, but I hate the tiny little word tiles. They have a tendency to fall off and get misplaced. Plus, transporting the tiles from place to place is an exercise in futility; that is unless plucking each tab off one surface and then tediously placing it on a new one is your idea of fun. That aside, magnetic poetry can provide tons of word amusement. When I was a new teacher, one of the first things I did to coolify my English classroom was to spend my own money on the original Magnetic Poetry kit. Students found it hard to resist. Why? They couldn’t resist composing lewd poetic masterpieces. When a few...

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