Month: March 2014

Waste Not, Want Not — Brenda Wood


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Because I am a stasher beyond compare, I plan to make Nancy Zieman’s no-sew fabric wreath. You see, it will use up all those leftover bits and pieces from my fabric stash. I can’t bear to throw them away because they are so pretty. Realistically though, they are too small for an apron an Read More

Writing, even when it’s hard to do — Carolyn R. Wilker


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In January, blogger and author Jeff Goins issued a challenge to fellow writers to write 500 words a day for the month of January. He not only issued the challenge, but he also offered a list of things to write about. While I used the word count for my own projects, journalling and letter wri Read More

Develop the Killing Instinct Part II: Fine-Tuning with a Jack-Knife — Pamela Mytroen


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In Part I of “Develop the Killing Instinct” I suggested writers use a sword to slash a large volume of words and distill the piece into one key sentence. This method slims a piece down to its purpose, allowing no extra fat, which editors appreciate. Only then may the writer pull out the jack-kni Read More

Taste Tells: Part 2 of Writing with Sensory Details — Sandi Somers


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“The Taste Test” was part of my English as a Second Language unit on food. I brought to class samples of celery, potato chips, chocolates, cinnamon hearts, peanut butter on a cracker, pickles, cubes of Jello and popcorn. Students described each food: its shape, texture, colour, how it sounded while chewing, its hardness or soft Read More