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s-j-bradley's picture
Jan.05.2010
Well, we've had the shortest day, according to reports, but according to me, the mornings appear to be getting darker. How do they make that work? This morning, I was up and at 'em before the sun had risen. In the glow of the street light, I could see snow falling. Great, heavy, juicy globs of...
jess-wells's picture
Dec.23.2009
A recent issue of the Heifer Foundation magazine, World Ark, contains an interesting story called “A Novel Approach” in which several writers are lending their visibility to raise money for The Heifer Foundation. Laurie R. King, author The Language of Bees and The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, as well as...
s-j-bradley's picture
Dec.05.2009
It's not the day job that I resent. The day job, I like just fine. It's well-paid and rewarding and it gets me home in time to have enough time to spend serious time writing. It's the other things I resent - the must-do menial tasks that eat into writing time, keeping me away from my desk and tied...
s-j-bradley's picture
Nov.22.2009
After I get up I will have 2 (two) cups of tea and pet the cat and feed the cat, and after I have fed the cat and had my 2 (two) cups of tea I will go to the allotment to catch up on everything that needs to be done. After I have weeded and planted and cut back the raspberry canes and watered (...
veronica-chater's picture
Nov.17.2009
Okay, this takes the cake. . . (or the pizza in this case). What happens on pizza night when a writer’s head if full of all the things going on in her life: 1: researching and writing a novel that takes place in the 16th century 2: moving house (almost everything is in boxes in the living room)3:...
s-j-bradley's picture
Nov.12.2009
Nothing says the beginning of Winter like putting the clocks back. All of a sudden, we're plunged into darkness, getting ready for work before the sun rises and coming home after it's set. Spend your day in an environment where there isn't much light - a wrong-facing office, say, or an internal...
jess-wells's picture
Nov.08.2009
I’m wondering why anyone would start to write when the book that lives inside your head before you start writing feels so perfect?  At the stage before you write your characters are vivid and witty and they transition from one emotional moment to the next without awkward pause or stumble.  You can...
lisa-heeren's picture
Oct.22.2009
To be a writer you have to write. It’s that simple. Or is it? For me it hasn’t been that simple. I’ve enjoyed writing since I was old enough to pick up anything to write with. The concrete nature of thoughts on paper was, and always has been, for me an incredible rush. I’m not writing so much...
larry-schliessmann's picture
Sep.26.2009
Now that it is finished, it is time to separate the pieces, and take a look inside. First, what are the parts of a story? The most basic are opening, middle, and ending. The opening should have a hook to make the reader want more. Let the reader know enough about the central character to make the...
larry-schliessmann's picture
Sep.19.2009
As it worked out, not knowing the end when I started this story allowed imagination to dictate conclusion. In addition, for me, writing is about imagining people, places and things, so this worked out in the best way possible. I think a story should build from an idea, a vision, a picture, or even...