Tag Archives: Writing

What My Leaf Blower Taught Me About Writing

I moved into my current home about three summers ago. When Fall came, I tried to use my leaf blower, but it didn’t work. I plugged it into the electrical outlet in my garage, but when I switched it on, nothing happened. Assuming my leaf blower was broken (but being too cheap, lazy, and weirdly …

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Wherefore NaNoWriMo?

As a lot of writers know, November is National Novel Writing Month (or, as the hip kids call it, NaNoWriMo). As its name suggests, the basic idea behind NaNoWriMo is for aspiring writers to produce a novel (or at least a 50,000-word portion of a novel) in the space of 30 days. While I do …

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The Point of Telling

A while back, I saw Junot Diaz speak at a writing conference, and one of the things he talked about was what he called “the point of telling.” He started his explanation by discussing his experience reading unpublished fiction and realizing that although the pieces in question had a lot going for them, something was …

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Advice from Junot Diaz

A while back, I had the opportunity to see Junot Diaz speak at the Montgomery County Community College Writers Conference. Towards the end of his discussion, he offered some advice for writers that I personally found very helpful. Here are a few things he had to say: Leave room for your reader. Don’t spell everything …

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Dealing with Writer’s Block: What’s Lurking

At one point or another, pretty much every writer hits a wall. For whatever reason, you can be moving along at full tilt when, all of a sudden, you realize that you’ve either painted yourself into a corner or, worse, that you’re fresh out of paint. The technical term for this, I believe, is writer’s …

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Getting the Most Out of a Writing Group

I know a lot of people who are interested in started writing groups, but one issue that frequently comes up is how to ensure a productive meeting. Here’s a worksheet I usually use in order to get the most out of any writing group I attend: Hand a copy of your manuscript to each of …

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Book Review: The History of My Body

The thing that struck me most about Sharon Heath’s The History of My Body is the deep authenticity of the protagonist’s voice. The story is told in first person by Fleur Robins–daughter of an extravagantly wealthy fundamentalist nutjob politician father and alcoholic mother–who, at first, exhibits signs of being touched neurologically (never officially diagnosed, her disengaged …

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April Fool’s Day Prank: Pulitzer Prize

I’m posting a day before my usual first-Monday post in order to take advantage of April Fool’s Day and to share an incredibly bad joke/pun I came up with: First, as grandiosely as possible, say, “Did I tell you about my Pulitzer Prize?” Wait for someone to say, “No! Please, tell me about your Pulitzer …

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Writers Talk Podcast with Debra Brenegan

Debra Brenegan is the author of Shame the Devil.  Visit her online at http://www.debrabrenegan.com. Enjoy our talk about writing, teaching, books, and social media.  Debra teaches at Westminster College in Fulton, MO.

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Writers Talk Podcast with Sharon Heath

Sharon Heath is the author of The History of My Body.  Look for a review here early in April. Read her blog at http://www.SharonHeath.com. Enjoy her thoughts in our conversation about her dual lives as a Jungian Analyst and Writer, social media, and the future of publishing.  

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