Your past is more than just a story. It makes you. Live it. Write it. Change it. Change you. Writing Prompt: Change one thing and write your altered life.
Exposition is risky - and necessary. At it's best exposition provides critical back story, or foreshadowing, it can enhance character development and help to convey place, time, and atmospheric subtleties that are not appropriate for dialogue. Used with patience, pacing and economy, exposition feels 'invisible' to the reader, it enhances story without intruding. A good way … Continue reading choreographing the Aleutian cackling goose
In 150 words, write what is left after the destruction of all else. Begin here: "But now we are lit from within..." photo: Rob Wood, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
"Evidence of animal sentience is everywhere" Psychology Today Write a 200 word portrait of this relationship: photo: C.E.Price Begin with "There's something you need to know"
list all you've lost in your lifetime. list all you've found. join them: lost found lost found lost found lost found..... photo: Titus Tscharntke all that we've lost and found becomes the textured backdrop for the stories we live and tell, and think we don't tell.
When you write, be mutinous. If you’re not afraid, or insecure, or filled with foreboding, it’s probably because you’re obeying too many rules. "Grammar is a piano I play by ear." Joan Didion Essays & Conversations Find the pace and sound that's indigenous to you and use it.
End the tyranny of Spell-Check, shelve the dictionary - correct spelling isn't a prerequisite for brilliant writing. "I don't give a damn for a man who can spell a word one way." Mark Twain It's time to free write.
“Literature was not born the day when a boy crying "wolf, wolf" came running out of the Neanderthal valley with a big gray wolf at his heels; literature was born on the day when a boy came crying "wolf, wolf" and there was no wolf behind him.” Vladimir Nabokov, Lectures on Literature Take us to the moment … Continue reading cry wolf
Think of your stories as your Frankensteins –made from the lost limbs stitched together, and animated by the cell memories, of people you’ve known. What shape will they take, grafted together in a plot that requires they move in synchrony. Built into this unnatural union is the tragedy and yearning it takes to invent redemption. photo:Rosendahl
Writing a compelling, visceral love scene can be the most daunting of challenges - how many times have you tried, without success, to evoke the eroticism, tension, suspense and thrill of first contact? The temptation is to make it too obvious, too easy. Or to fall into the trap of 'happily ever after'. We might … Continue reading jumpstart love