Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"Writing a first draft is very much like watching a Polaroid develop. You can't--and, in fact, you're not supposed to--know exactly what the picture is going to look like until it has finished developing."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

A book full of writing prompts? Sign me up: a taste (or six) of John Brueckner’s latest book, “892 Opening Lines”–writealready2017.com

As you all well know, I'm a big fan of writing prompts. For me, they help to quiet the creative chaos and scattered minutiae of potential writing fodder in my brain, and funnel all those microscopic motes into one, cohesive mass from which I can draw from. (I recently finished up an ongoing prompt series, … Continue reading A book full of writing prompts? Sign me up: a taste (or six) of John Brueckner’s latest book, “892 Opening Lines”–writealready2017.com

Are You a POV Snob? — Story Empire

It's as if she was inside my own head...I've always felt this way, and to date, I've yet to write in first person (other than personal essays, of course). Perhaps it's time I try! Happy January, SEers! Mae here, with my first post of the New Year, and I’m glad to have you with me. … Continue reading Are You a POV Snob? — Story Empire

Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt 15

Well, here it is, kind readers...the last response to the last prompt. Read on, and then try your hand at it when the mood strikes. Writing prompts are a wonderful way to get the creative juices flowing again if you've hit a little dry patch in your writing...or a big dry patch, at that. Take … Continue reading Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt 15

Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Prompt 15

Alas! You may have noticed that I've SERIOUSLY dragged my feet in posting this, the final prompt in my series. I hope you've enjoyed this exercise as much as I have--and I'd love to see your responses! As always, the links to the previous prompts and my own responses are below; I'll post my response … Continue reading Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Prompt 15

Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt 14

Here you are, my lovelies! My own response to last week's prompt. Enjoy! And as always, I've included all 13 of the prior responses in the link at the bottom. Describe the room of one of the following: a high school student about to drop out; a cashier who has just won the lottery; a … Continue reading Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt 14

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"Writing can be a pretty desperate endeavor, because it is about some of our deepest needs: our need to be visible, to be heard, our need to make sense of our lives, to wake up and grow and belong."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt 13

I had a hard time deciding which police log entry to go with for this one; it was a tie between the one I chose, and "Joe Shmoe, 41, assault with a deadly weapon (a shoe)." Review a section from the Police Beat or Classified Ads of a local newspaper. Choose one and tell the story … Continue reading Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Response to Prompt 13

Authors Help: Writer’s Block — Poetic Beggars

Writer’s block is one of the biggest problems that I personally face when I write. One day I read that one of the most common reasons writers get writer’s block is due to insecurities that what they are writing will not be good enough for other people to like. via Authors Help: Writer’s Block — Poetic … Continue reading Authors Help: Writer’s Block — Poetic Beggars

Mary Vensel White: On Touchstones and Finding Writing Support Systems — Read Her Like an Open Book

Several years ago, I placed three jars on our mantle and every day, I would walk up and speak to them. To the first, I would offer only praise and positive messages: You are amazing; You’re doing a great job; I’m proud of you. The second jar would be ignored altogether and the third received […] … Continue reading Mary Vensel White: On Touchstones and Finding Writing Support Systems — Read Her Like an Open Book