24 Jan, 2020

10 Unusual Prompts to Help You Start Writing Your Family History

January 24th, 2020|Tags: , |

If you want to write your family history and are floundering with where to start, look no further! Sign up here to receive my booklet 10 Unusual Prompts to Start [...]

31 Dec, 2019

Sharing a Tried-and-True Writer’s Tool to Review the Old Year and Plan for the New One: the Writer’s Workbook

December 31st, 2019|Tags: , |

The new edition of my Writer's Workbook is here! All you gotta do to receive it is subscribe to my newsletter. If you are a subscriber, you will have received [...]

28 Jun, 2019

What to Do When a Deadline Looms and You Are at a Loss What to Write About

June 28th, 2019|Tags: , |

Get going on the road to writing (Empty road in Nevada, August 2011) Last Thursday, I was at a loss what to write for Friday's blog post. Uninspired, I thought, [...]

21 Jun, 2019

Why Hemingway Repeated Words, Why We Learn from Teachers We Don’t Like, and Other Insights on the Craft of Writing

June 21st, 2019|Tags: |

My writing studio in the attic of the Hemingway Birthplace Home, back when I was writer-in-residence. While I didn't particularly enjoy Roger Rosenblatt's Unless It Moves the Human Heart - [...]

28 Dec, 2018

How to Evaluate Your Social Media Use and Free Up Time

December 28th, 2018|Tags: , |

I just lived without my main email for almost two weeks, and that turned out to be quite nice. Just before I left on a longer trip, I messed up [...]

21 Dec, 2018

Writer’s Workbook 2019

December 21st, 2018|Tags: , |

The new edition of the Writer's Workbook is here! All you gotta do to receive it is subscribe to my newsletter. If you are a subscriber, you will have received [...]

28 Dec, 2017

The Artist & Writer’s Workbook 2018

December 28th, 2017|Tags: , |

The Artist & Writer's Workbook 2018 is here! Available as a free download if you sign up for my newsletter! (All my subscribers have already received it.) This year's title [...]

28 Dec, 2016

Artist & Writer’s Workbook 2017

December 28th, 2016|Tags: |

It's the time of year again to look back and plan ahead, so I am happy to present you with the Artist & Writer's Workbook 2017. It's free; [...]

6 Mar, 2015

Collecting Words and Phrases

March 6th, 2015|Tags: |

When I read, I underline words and phrases I like. Thanks to Liz Lamoreux's Inner Excavation and her idea of creating a word toolbox to "reveal the poet within," I've been [...]

11 Aug, 2014

Mining your Dreams for Writing (2)

August 11th, 2014|Tags: |

"Thanks to my dreams [and NaNoWriMo], November is one of my favorite and most amusing times," says novelist Shirley Letcher. Following up on last Monday's post, here's installment two of [...]

4 Aug, 2014

Mining your Dreams for Writing (1)

August 4th, 2014|Tags: |

I am happy to welcome my writing friend Shirley Letcher as my guest blogger today. Shirley has been a teacher of music, theater and arts for over forty years, from [...]

29 Jan, 2014

Retyping and Plotting

January 29th, 2014|Tags: , |

Right now, this is the wall by my desk in my studio at the VCCA. I am still cutting paper into bits and pieces to work with text (see also my [...]

22 Jan, 2013

The Paramedic Method

January 22nd, 2013|Tags: , |

I'm still struggling with trimming an essay to meet word count (this essay's parking lot is full!), and so I decided to employ the Paramedic Method that I teach in my [...]

14 Jan, 2013

The Beauty of the Parking Lot

January 14th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Luc-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, June 2009 Ok, so this parking lot is beautiful because it is a) on the Normandy Coast of France, and b) features a sunset. I chose this [...]

19 Sep, 2012

Why Chapter Headings Are Useful

September 19th, 2012|Tags: , , |

My Advanced Memoir Workshop was fortunate to host Wenguang Huang, author of The Little Red Guard, for an immensely informative Q&A session back in July. (Lucky for us, he lives in [...]

26 Jan, 2012

Reading Out Loud

January 26th, 2012|Tags: , |

I've been a bit quiet on my blog here because I've been loud otherwise: I've been using every free minute I have alone to myself to read my book manuscript [...]

8 Jan, 2012

Dr. Seuss’s Creative Process

January 8th, 2012|Tags: , , , , |

The Christmas Around the World exhibit also wrapped up today. Fittingly, the Great Hall with the big Christmas Tree was decorated with Grinch posters. Today was the last day of [...]

21 Dec, 2011

Guest Blog By Kelly Hashway: Digital Voice Recorders: A Writer’s Best Friend

December 21st, 2011|Tags: |

Following up on my blog post "When Inspiration Strikes," I am happy to welcome fellow blogger Kelly Hashway today, who will share her nifty trick for capturing ideas. Kelly and [...]

15 Dec, 2011

When Inspiration Strikes

December 15th, 2011|Tags: , |

Why do great ideas always strike at the most inopportune moments? Like when I'm brushing my teeth, or taking a bath? Or, like the other evening, while I'm chopping fruits for [...]

17 Nov, 2011

Tarot Cards for Brainstorming

November 17th, 2011|Tags: |

Vain Regret: Of the cards Shirley shared, this is my favorite: Crying over what's been spilled, rather than seeing what's still full. Who hasn't done that? Have you ever considered [...]

16 May, 2011

Guest Blog By Jessica Handler: Writing Exercise: Venn Diagrams and Finding Yourself in a Character

May 16th, 2011|Tags: |

Welcome to my good friend Jessica Handler, author of the memoir Invisible Sisters, who is my guest blogger today, as part of the Blogathon’s guest blog challenge. Since I tend [...]

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