Monthly Archives: July 2011

Wednesday Writing Prompt: Time Travel

Choose an old object from your home. If you don’t have any, find a picture of an antique online. Imagine that when you touch the object, you are transported to its original time and place. *Where are you? *What happens? … Continue reading

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Tuesday Writing Tip: On A Writer’s Notebook

In college, I dreamed of becoming a professor. In the midst of doing an intensive semester-long independent study, one of my professors told me that scholars must possess a large capacity for boredom. For years, I’ve thought the same thing … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: Journaling

Practice Makes Perfect: How journaling helps the writing process Guest Post by Debra Brenegan One requirement I have for students of my Introduction to Creative Writing Courses: Keep a journal. My students need to write a minimum of two full … Continue reading

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Tuesday Writing Tip: On Bird by Bird

For much of my life, I have struggled with the tyranny of perfectionism. Thankfully, when I was just starting my writing career, I happened upon Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life and this advice: Perfection … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: Writing Your Dreams

Your dreams can be a rich source of stories, images, metaphors, and sensory details for your writing. Jacquelyn Mitchard’s novel The Deep End of the Ocean and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight both began with the authors’ dreams. You, too, can use … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tip: On Writing

Part memoir, part writing craft, Stephen King’s book On Writing will stir every writer’s heart and erase any doubt you had about King being a serious writer (he is). My favorite tip from King’s book is this gem: If you … Continue reading

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Request: What’s Your Favorite Writing Book?

In yesterday’s blog post, I wrote about one of my favorite writing books, If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland. Every Tuesday, all summer long, I’ll be blogging about the lessons I’ve learned from reading about writing. (If you want … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tip: If You Want to Write

I spent nearly the whole weekend reading. I stacked up books next to the sofa and ploughed through several mysteries and a memoir. I cannot think of a better way to spend a holiday weekend. All summer, I will be … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: Bedtime Books

I can’t be trusted with a page-turning novel at bedtime. It does not matter that I’m an adult with a job to do and children to care for. Give me a good book with a bit of suspense, and I’ll … Continue reading

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