“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” – Ernest Hemingway When learning to write descriptively, English students are encouraged to include all five senses in their narratives. The result is usually a lengthy, “over-dressed” description that flows almost as well as an iron brick. So […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – Undressing Your Prose"
“Everyone has a story that will stop your heart.” – Claudia Shear “Everyone has a story. I don’t believe anyone can go through life without encountering at least one amazing thing.” – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Is writer’s block causing you to lose sleep at night? Does your writing feel forced or stale, despite […]Read more "U – Untold Stories"
“I believe everyone has a super hero inside them, waiting to be discovered.” – Anonymous You may not always feel like a super hero when it comes to writing, but we can draw several parallels between everyday wordsmiths and our favorite masked wonders. Writing can be lonely at times, but gives us the […]Read more "Q – Quicksilver or Superman: Which “Super Writer” Are You?"
Every writer takes off with a glorious destination in mind, and at some point every writer will crash and burn. Whether you’re still flying high and dreaming of book signings and making the New York Times Bestseller List, or whether you’ve survived a crash or two, gazing at the “dream wreckage” and considering […]Read more "L – Are You a “Lost” Blogger?"
All writers use adjectives on a regular basis, but few take time to select the true “Renaissance Men” of adjectives. It is unfortunate that one could put more time and thought into selecting his drink at Starbucks than into selecting the most powerful adjectives and still call himself a writer, but this is a […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – Becoming an Adjective Connoisseur"
Writing can become an extremely lonely profession at times. The more engrossed you become in a novel or other writing project, the more you begin to realize that some of your best friends are characters that do not actually exist! Joining a writing community to partner with can not only provide companionship from those who […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – Finding a Partner in Crime"
Hands shaking, you open the envelope from the publishing company, only to find the dreaded rejection letter. Again. Holding your breath, you glance at the comments from the judge at the Writing Competition, and stare in disbelief at their scathing review. You poured your soul into this story, and now it’s left gasping for […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – Getting a Second Opinion"
Write for any length of time and you’ll soon realize that there really isn’t such a thing as a new story. No matter how hard we work at being completely original, any plot line or character we create will resemble something else out there that has already been done. Writers aren’t actually in the business […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – Getting Things Out of Perspective"
While established writers may have more relaxed schedules, beginners typically have to balance several other jobs to pay the bills while maintaining a regular writing routine. The result? Utter exhaustion, and perhaps even burnout. If this describes you, know that you’re not alone! I currently work four jobs (not including writing), and I’ll admit that […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – Managing Your High Energy Schedule"