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
As someone once put it so eloquently to me, “life sucks.” And it’s true that there are times when it feels like the whole universe has your name on a hit list in a back office somewhere. However, there comes a moment when a choice must be made. You can either run from it...or use… Continue reading Staying the Course
The cliché says when opportunity knocks, get up and answer the door. However, Opportunity is very busy and often can’t commit to making house calls. That doesn’t mean he’s out of business. He just takes a little more effort to contact. This rehashing of a familiar metaphor is really trying to illustrate that opportunities don’t… Continue reading Opportunity Seldom Makes House Calls