Waste Not, Want Not — Brenda Wood

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 and not numerous enough for a quilt design.

The same thing is true of our scribbles. As my Granny used to say, “Waste not, want not.” Today as we tackle waste in our lives, we might be surprised to see how many ways we waste our time, talents and tenacity.

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


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 writing, I thought it might be useful to share the three questions from his list for Day 10.

This post will be more reflective than instructive, and so I urge you to write these questions out and give your own answers.

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

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-knife to trim the final ten percent of the words. Following are some tiny cuts that add up to several words: 

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

“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 softness, whether it was sweet, sour, bitter, salty or tasteless. Their vocabulary included juicy, sticky, gooey, greasy, hard, chewy, prickly, rough and smooth.

And finally, the students described their reactions. Did they like the foods, some of which were new to them? 

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