Writers must decide two important elements when preparing to draft a piece of journalism, a short story, a novel, or even poetry. Point of view will determine who tells the story—some degree of an all knowing, distant third person, orRead More… FROM MY PERSPECTIVE
I’ve spent a lot of time during this mandated/self-imposed quarantine attending to the odds and ends of running a household. I’ve decluttered closets and cupboards and dusted and laundered with spring cleaning frenzy. I’ve also spent a fair amount ofRead More… READY—OR NOT?
“With great power comes great responsibility.” Uncle Ben (Spiderman) The American Constitution and Bill of Rights has given its citizens the great power of free speech. But with the freedom to say what we need or want to say comesRead More… WITH WRITES COME RESPONSIBILITIES
In the 1930s movie Grand Hotel, Greta Garbo says those words, or a variation depending on the source. A decade later she gave up acting and disappeared into private life. Over the last several months, the vast majority of theRead More… I VANT TO BE ALONE
It’s been 7 weeks, 1 day, 12 hours, 15 minutes since I’ve touched another human being besides my husband. For huggers like myself, this is painful, but thank God this pandemic didn’t happen in the Seventies. Back then we wereRead More… REACH OUT AND TOUCH SOMEONE
Professional athletes, trainers, and coaches tout the merits of cross training: doing a variety of activities that develop different areas of fitness. A tennis pro may lift weights to beef up her back hand. An NFL running back may takeRead More… CREATIVE CROSS TRAINING
“Class, take 5 minutes and write anything you like.” For many writers this is a dream come true—no rules, just write. For me that blank page is a glaring spotlight that sends my imagination scurrying like a mouse into theRead More… Blank space
Long before Bill W. and AA, the Serenity Prayer hung on a wall in my Aunt Myrt’s kitchen. On the windowsill in the same room, she also placed a small, sky- blue clay figurine, a squatty cross between a vultureRead More… What, me worry?
“Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow.” I really should needlepoint a pillow with those words. It’ll match the unfinished daisy afghan my mother-in-law gave me on my first Christmas as a married woman—47 years ago. Yes,Read More… TO DO OR NOT TO DO – THAT IS THE QUESTION
Way back when… in the first half of the 20th century, a market for mass audience fiction magazines and books was created and printed on cheap “pulp” paper. These stories were collectively called “Pulp Fiction.” The pulp fiction era gaveRead More… How to Write Pulp Fiction