I’ve admittedly gone kicking and screaming the entire way through drafting and revising my first novel Lost Girl Road. The reasons for this are many, but not giving up has taught me a lot. I’d like to share two brief sources on creativity and learning that have provided me with inspiration along the way. Read More
Blogging has been my golden ticket to rediscovering the writer I always saw myself becoming. It’s also opened doors toward establishing myself as a freelance editor. But something’s gotta give. Mine is a slow and meticulous process, and time is of the essence. I’m finally satisfied with the direction on this blog, so from now on I will only post once a week on Mondays. Read More
When strewn together, words can create a masterpiece of pleasure, insight and escape. In some way or another, the power of words move us to a higher emotional level, whether it comes in a positive or negative form. It was Rudyard Kipling who said, “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” I agree with his statement. Words can persuade the most heinous of crimes by overturning government, annihilating people or a cause, and Read More
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.
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.