I’ve done this tagged meme before, but since my favorites list is ever-changing, I thought I’d do it again. List 10 books that have stayed with you long after you read them. Don't think too much about the exercise. Be spontaneous. You’re supposed to tag other people here. I don't tag people. Just participate if … Continue reading Books that Stay
Writing Process Blog Tour: I, again, blame Sara.
My friend Sara Crawford (author of The 30 Day Writing Challenge), tagged me in the Writing Process Blog Tour. Because she tends to be able to bend me to her will with the alluring awkwardness of her puppy dog stare, I’m participating. Aren’t you excited? I sure am. Visit Sara’s blog here and check out … Continue reading Writing Process Blog Tour: I, again, blame Sara.
The Spark, the Shade, and a Mutant
I have a gift. If someone hands me a lump of muddy rock, I see a galaxy of diamonds in my hand, shining and revolving and shattering through the limitations left behind by the earth that birthed a lump of sullied mineral. It happens with everything in my life. Every thing. Every creature. Every person. … Continue reading The Spark, the Shade, and a Mutant
Getting Bored? Try a New Medium
There are plenty of times where I just need a change. Whether it's a change of scenery, office set up or even a new theme for my journal, change is always inspiring. I write a lot of short fiction and sometimes it can get tedious. What do you do to remedy that? Try a new … Continue reading Getting Bored? Try a New Medium
Day Twelve and Thirteen: Word Choice and Character
Yes, I know how to count. I know I'm out of sync/order/my mind. I also know that I don't want to give Sara's Entire book away in my blog, so we get to jump around the listed exercises (though I've been completing all 30 of them at home). I've been a bit absent as of late, … Continue reading Day Twelve and Thirteen: Word Choice and Character
Day Seven and Nine: It’s a Two-fer
Day Seven of Sara Crawford's 30 Day Writing Challenge. Music is the theme of the day. Basically, you put your music playlist on random and listen (no writing yet) to the next song that plays. Once you've let it sink in, free write using the music as a base. The book lists a few questions … Continue reading Day Seven and Nine: It’s a Two-fer
Day Six: The Found Poem
Sara and I always enjoyed our poetry writing prompts. I believe we might have even shared a writing class or two back in college. Today’s assignment in her book The 30 Day Writing Challenge is to create what’s called a Found Poem. Basically, you take phrases from any source (book, magazine, poetry, commercials, blog posts, … Continue reading Day Six: The Found Poem
Day Five: Pictures
Day five of Sara Crawford's 30 Day Writing Challenge actually incorporates a device I use quite often. I'm visually driven when it comes to inspiration, which explains my love of photography. Today's instructions are to choose a picture (there are several included in the book) and write something based on your reflections of that photo. … Continue reading Day Five: Pictures
Day Three: What Do You Want To Write?
Day Three of Sara Crawford's The 30 Day Writing Challenge brings us to this query. What do you want to write? Today's offering is more of a list of sorts. "Write a 1 – 2 page list of things you believe in and things about which you would love to write. Include what kind of messages … Continue reading Day Three: What Do You Want To Write?
Day Two: Break All the Rules
This is going to hurt. A lot. For those of you just tuning in, I'm making a blog extravaganza of Sara Crawford's The 30 Day Writing Challenge. "Another problem I see for beginning writers is that they worry so much about being bad that they are afraid to write at all. If you can relate to … Continue reading Day Two: Break All the Rules