The following work of flash fiction has been submitted to the “81 Words Challenge.” If you’d like to try your hand at telling an epic tale in just 81 words, click here. The End From my first breath I’ve dreamed of writing. My parents devoured books, and as […]Read more "Flash Fiction Friday – “The End”"
“Don’t count every second – make every second count.” – Unknown “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” – Henry Ford Unless you’re fortunate enough to be earning a full-time salary for your writing, you most likely squeeze your writing into an air-tight schedule. If you fall […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – Making Every Second Count"
“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” – Abraham Lincoln Sometimes we wonder if the work we do is truly appreciated, and it really is wonderful when we hear that it is. This past Sunday a sweet lady shook my hand after the sermon, […]Read more "Blogger Recognition Award"
“The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good – in spite of all the people who say he is very good.” – Robert Graves “He was the man who of all modern, and perhaps ancient poets, had the largest and most comprehensive soul.” – John Dryden […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – Playing with Word Shading"
A new beginning The page is blank, awaiting words that do not come. – Anonymous Most writers recognize that Japanese Haiku poetry is beautiful in its simplicity of structure and complexity of meaning, but can writing Haiku make us better at what we do? This year the first thing I had my […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – 3 Reasons To Try Haiku"
“The bridge between a dream and reality is work.” – Jay Leto, Actor When I began blogging about two years ago, I really knew nothing about it. I was that clueless employee who asked a co-worker, “So…how does this Twitter thing work?” My goal from the beginning was to try and reach 1,000 followers, and […]Read more "Join the “Big 1,000” Blogging Party!"
“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?"