“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"
Trains have always symbolized our life’s journey in my mind – our pursuit of new destinations, powered by our dreams and hard work. In honor of National Poetry Month, I’ve packaged this sentiment into an original Haiku poem… Trains Racing toward its goals, Arrive – a glimpse of glory – Rushing, breathless…………………gone. […]Read more "T – Trains: A Haiku"
“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?"
This original piece of flash fiction won honorable mention in the Flash! Friday Contest when I first shared it three years ago, (July 2014). I’m proud of the multiple layers of meaning I was able to achieve in such a short piece, and thought I would share it with you all again… Intrepid Captain’s Log: […]Read more "I – “Intrepid”"
“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” – T.S. Eliot “It was a pleasant cafe, warm and clean and friendly, and I hung up my old water-proof on the coat rack to dry and put my worn and weathered felt hat on the rack above the bench and ordered a cafe au lait. […]Read more "C – Coffee: The Writer’s Sweetest Muse"
“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make.” – Truman Capote I was born to write. Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved telling stories and playing with new and creative ways to arrange words in a way that tingles the senses and […]Read more "A – Authors by Instinct"
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"