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. Concerned about writing skills or being able
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
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
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.” Of course, it’s important to read skills development books and blogs, but writers can learn from virtually anything they read, nonfiction and fiction. Therefore, it’s a good idea to include books in
It’s here . . . a brand new year with brand new writing opportunities. Here are twelve suggestions to make this your best year yet: 1. Read skills development books. 2. Practice the skills you read about. 3. Analyze everything you read. What did the author or writer do well? What areas could stand improvement?