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"
You find yourself staring at a blank sheet of paper or an empty screen with a cursor that won’t stop its annoying habit of winking at you in your state of misery. You think, What on earth am I going to say today? We’ve all been there! Writer’s block is very real…so how can we […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – Listening to Your Inner Child"
(Photo Copyright: Rich Voza) One breathtaking photo. 100 well-chosen words. The following story was submitted as part of Friday Fictioneers – a weekly fiction contest for writers to hone their skills. Find other entries by visiting https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com Final Sunset “THEY’RE COMING.” Her text message bounced onto my phone’s glowing screen, causing me to choke on […]Read more "Friday Fictioneers – “Final Sunset”"
“The only thing I’m afraid of about this country is that its government will someday become so monstrous that the smallest person in it will be trampled underfoot, and then it wouldn’t be worth living in.” – Dr. Jack Finch, “Go Set a Watchman” I remember whining when my mother forced my siblings and I […]Read more "Book Review – “Go Set a Watchman”"
Understanding Springwood was a small town, but the annual Fourth of July Picnic always drew a sizeable crowd. Families from six counties stood cheering in the town square as fighter jets roared overhead, filling the air with plumes of brilliant red, white, and blue. As I stood among the roaring crowd, I couldn’t help but […]Read more "Thursday 360 – “Understanding”"