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Word Power

Words are used everyday as a form of communication. I’m using a bunch right now. Many words are simple, garden variety words, others are vividly descriptive, some are poetic, some are vague while others are very specific. We use most of them without real thought, but there are some words that are loaded with a […]

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

I sat down on the subway this morning and placed my briefcase on my lap, leaning it up against the seat back in front of me. Just above the leather handle was a short sentence, legibly printed in black ink. A tiny bit of graffiti. A spontaneous piece of free speech. Six uncomplicated words.  Here […]

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Five Sentence Fiction —Zombies

Tuesday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Zombies. Here is my offering: Paul saw the same homeless guy […]

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The Truth About Non-Fiction: 4 Recommendations

I have been so focused on fiction and discussions about cultivating ideas, characters, plot and pacing that I have ignored the whole non-fiction side of the aisle.  Not all writers “make stuff up.” I have to confess that as a kid I wasn’t much of a reader and I certainly wasn’t going to waste my […]

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Opposites Attract: The World of Antonyms

He says, she says.  Good verses evil.  Not everything is black and white. Yin and yang. Stop and go. We use opposites every day.  In the grammarian’s world they are called antonyms.  They seem fairly cut and dried, there’s not much of a gray area when it comes to antonyms. Its all easy-peasy. Well, it’s […]

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Five Sentence Fiction — Awkward

Tuesday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Awkward. Here’s my contribution for this week: Darlene was fidgeting with […]

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Creating a Stir

Steve Meitz is a loyal reader of my blog.  He is also one of the few readers that I see face to face on a regular basis.  We catch the same commuter bus every morning.  He is a very funny guy who has had countless interesting experiences, and he has provided me with a number […]

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