Honesty in Writing #amwriting — Life in the Realm of Fantasy

I believe it was Ernest Hemingway that said, "...write the truest sentence you know." This is great advice for writers of all level and ilk...and a lesson I'm still struggling to learn. As writers, we are entertainers. We write books for people who want a diversion from the daily grind. No matter what the subject … Continue reading Honesty in Writing #amwriting — Life in the Realm of Fantasy

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

What’s a McDonald’s? Handling Exposition when you have to Tell Instead of Show. — The Home of Alex Raizman

I love this--just when you think you've read enough about "show, don't tell," something like this comes along...I'm a sucker for concrete examples. One of the first pieces of advice most writers have beaten into them is “Show don’t tell.” The reason this advice is hammered home so hard is because it is, in fact, … Continue reading What’s a McDonald’s? Handling Exposition when you have to Tell Instead of Show. — The Home of Alex Raizman

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

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

Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Prompt 13

  Something about September always makes me a bit blue; I think it is the ingrained "I don't wanna go back to school" blues, despite the fact that I am A) no longer a student, B) my CHILDREN are no longer students, and C) I no longer work in the school system. And yet: the … Continue reading Limber Up Before Letting Loose: Prompt 13