Life is like Lego, and so is writing. We all have our own bin, full of everything we’ve experienced on a sensory, intellectual, and emotional level. Yes, there are probably more levels than that, but I'm trying to be brief here. Some of the pieces in our tub? They match the pieces in other people’s … Continue reading The Lego Effect: Why It’s Okay to Have the Same Ideas
This writing business is not an easy one. At any given moment, you will find folks in the writing community who are celebrating great successes, others wondering if they should quit for good, and all of the iterations in between. As a writer, I sometimes feel like I boarded a tiny boat on a big … Continue reading Stages of Writing
There has been much buzz lately about the blockbuster hit Wonder Woman, and I have to agree with those that say the buzz is for a GOOD reason. I won't give any spoilers, but I will say that there was so much about this movie that hit my heartstrings and made me ponder many things, long … Continue reading We ALL Need Superheroes
There is much to be said for sitting down with a huge book and savoring it for days or weeks on end. I enjoy meeting a cast of interesting characters, exploring the world and setting, and marveling in the myriad, intricate storylines and subplots the author weaves together into a grand tapestry. I’m constantly in … Continue reading Make a Long Story Short: Flash Fiction as a Writing Tool
If you have the opportunity to attend a writing conference (highly recommended), here are a few tips to help you make real, lasting, and memorable connections with other writers. 1: Ask questions! Most writers love to talk about what they write, what they’re current project is about, their favorite books, and what they’re currently reading. … Continue reading 5 Tips for Real Connections at Writing Conferences
A few months ago, I sat in front of my computer and stared and stared at my manuscript, hoping that something would start talking to me soon because I had a deadline to meet. This wasn’t an abnormal thing. Staring at a Word doc (or Scrivener doc) while time passed and still no words were … Continue reading Can you REALLY give up on writing?
In my day job, I'm a college English professor, which means I get to read lots of student essays. Frequently, students will ask me what they can do to write better--how they can push an essay from a B+ to an A-. Students at this level are already pretty good writers. They understand paragraphing and … Continue reading Enhancing Style with Rhetorical Devices