For Father’s Day in 2018, I gave my dad a book--a journal called A Father’s Legacy where a father could write down, once a day, a series of personal history stories about him and his family guided by prompts. It was a really great way to get someone to share a story by asking them… Continue reading What We Remember
I’m a child of the 90’s. One of the TV shows I loved as a kid was Hey Arnold! A scene that always stuck out to me was when Arnold had a really bad day and he went back to the boardinghouse where he grew up to mope on the roof. Suddenly, his eccentric grandmother,… Continue reading You Can Always Have a Piano on the Roof
Summer is almost here. The daylight stretches further, and we are inclined to stay out later and enjoy balmy summer evenings. This is the time that many kids adore. A sense of freedom. A sense of wonder. Of possibility. This is the time when stories are born. Writers have wonderful imaginations and can seem to… Continue reading How Does Your Garden Grow?
Writing is an art. It’s about shaping the bones of a language--the bare words--into ideas, full thoughts, sentences, paragraphs, stories that speak about human nature and this great big universe of possibilities we live in. Writing is a craft. It’s about understanding the way words relate to each other, the way story structure is built,… Continue reading This Story Changes in Chapter Eleven
At an annual holiday party for my writers’ club, a lively discussion sprang up about the nature of writer’s block, perhaps in part motivated by a member’s brilliant sweatshirt which read “Writer’s Block: When Your Imaginary Friends Stop Talking to You.” It got us all thinking and sharing stories and tidbits and anecdotes about writer’s… Continue reading The Perfect Word