writing

Drought or Flood?

Just a little house keeping first… Yes, I have updated my blog with a new theme. I hope it didn’t throw you too badly.  I think it’s clean and easy on the eyes.  Let me know what you think of the new look or if there are any glitches when you view it.  Thanks all. […]

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Something So Bad It’s As If It Was Good

The simile and metaphor are powerful tools in the right hands. An elegant comparison can be used to bring a description to life and enhance the reader’s experience. I did an entire post on similes and metaphors over a year ago and I encourage you to explore those two literary devices in much more detail. […]

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Story (Prompt) Time

Occasionally I give you all a chance to write something of your own based on written or visual prompts.  The time has come once again. But I am doing something a little different this go-round.  Below are four original illustrations of the same character (which I have named Fenster Sutcliff) engaged in different activities.  However […]

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Reading and Writing, No ’Rithmetic

There are countless creative writing classes out there being taught nights and weekends at local high schools and community colleges. There are businesses and magazines solely devoted to teaching the craft of writing. You can earn undergraduate and graduate level degrees in the field of literature. You can even take classes online.  There are blogs […]

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What’s Your Point of View?

First? Second? Third? I’m talking about narrative points of view.  Which is best? I have touched upon this topic before as have many others.  There is no definitive answer, however the collective consensus is by all means stay away from second person point of view—a story told from the reader’s vantage point: “You reach for […]

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In Search of Good Descriptions

I am reading The Red House by Mark Haddon.  I promise to give you a full review when I finish it. It is beautifully and creatively written. I have been captivated by his style. Haddon is a master of description. His book is about the families of two estranged siblings—a brother (Richard) and sister (Angela)—coming […]

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Yes, BusRider’sDaughter, There Is a Santa Claus…

I sat down on the bus the other morning and got a pleasant surprise.  Reader, Steve Meitz, who is a big, silver-haired albeit beardless Santa Claus kind of a guy, told me that his teenage daughter (aka: BusRider’sDaughter) has not only caught the Five Sentence Fiction bug, but has joined the after school Creative Writing […]

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