Blog on Writing

Digging Deeper by Carolyn R. Wilker

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In a recent class I taught on finding the stories that matter, my retired adult students named people they’d like to write about and more importantly, people in their lives who meant a great deal to them. The students’ stories, in this case, often came from childhood memories. (more…)

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Get Busy and Get It Done by Janice L. Dick

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The Christmas season has come and gone and the New Year is upon us. My non-literary life has been busy, but I can’t come up with any more reasonable excuses to take time off from the hard work of writing, so I’ve been crafting guest blogs for various sites I’ve committed to. I thought I’d slip a few posts in early, scheduling them for later this month. To my surprise, there were a number of posts already scheduled for three and even four months in advance. So that’s how the professionals do it. (more…)

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Willing to Move by Brenda J. Wood

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I told myself I’d earned a rest from the drudgery of real life. What would a few days matter anyway? Presents were purchased, wrapped, and delivered. Cookies and pies lined the freezer walls. Those with nowhere to go had been invited to share our turkey dinner. Why, I’d even cleaned long neglected corners. What else did I have to do? I sighed in relief. You took a holiday from your writing over Christmas, too, didn’t you? Oddly enough, during that first Christmas, the participants worked harder than ever. (more…)

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Writers Must Read by Steph Beth Nickel

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Stephen King said, “If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” (more…)

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Happy New Year

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It's here . . . a brand new year with brand new writing opportunities. Here are twelve suggestions to make this your best year yet: (more…)

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Christmas Greetings

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From the team (Janice Dick, Pamela Mytroen, Steph Nickel, Jack Popjes, Carolyn Wilker, Brenda Wood) . . .

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From Desperation to a Treasured Tradition by Jack Popjes

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“I’m the cookie baker,” my wife, Jo, said, looking up from her flour covered kitchen counter, “and you’re the problem solver, so solve this one and do something to make this place look festive and Christmassy. And, hon,” she added with a rueful smile, “no cookie tree this time.” (more…)

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Three Basics of Productive Writing by Pamela Mytroen


Pandemonium in an English Language Arts classroom reminded me just how important three vital elements are when it comes to productive writing. Once these missing elements were in place, the students began cranking out assignment after assignment. These disciplines should help all writers become productive. (more…)

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A Writing Plan-of-Action by Steph Beth Nickel

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Do you write what you love? What you’ve volunteered to write? What may sell—someday? Or what you’ve been hired to write? How much time do you devote to each? Do you write for the masses? For a small circle of readers? For the one individual you envision yourself “speaking to” when working on a project? Do you write for your reader? Your employer? Your client? Yourself? (more…)

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Fiction 101 (12) – Point of View by Janice L. Dick


Point of view can be a tricky subject. Basically, it refers to how we decide to relate our story, the perspective from which we see it. Which character(s) will communicate the story most effectively? Do we want to tell the story from one person’s perspective? (more…)

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