Category: writing

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Books I Wish Existed

Ever wish there was a certain book about a certain subject?  You  may search and search and not find the exact thing you want, so think about writing that book yourself! Don’t faint. You can do it! Your local library has resources. Your community probably has writing groups you can join. Community colleges hold auditable classes. Friends may want to join you to write every week or two while you share an afternoon or evening as you talk, enjoy a cup of coffee with a sweet treat, and make plans. Need ways to start? Contact me at [email protected] and I’ll...

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The Writing Retreat

As a writer I fill my morning and early afternoons writing or editing or marketing. Once in a while I have the opportunity to slip away to a special retreat where I can write and think and leave the day-to-day cares, chores, and phone calls to people back home. Recently I traveled to the beautiful  second home of a writing friend. She’d assembled a group of fellow writers and invited me to join them. I left my rain and blustery western Washington weather, I thought, for cooler temps and a few snow flurries. Turns out the around the retreat weather...

Impressions Notebook 0

Impressions Notebook

Summer time, winter time, all year ’round. It’s always a great to write down your impressions as you experience them. It’s almost too simple, so give it a try! 1. Keep a small  Impressions Notebook in your pocket and jot down what you see and feel at various moments in your day and across the year. 2. Record the weather: sky conditions and colors,the temp, the way you feel looking  around you or what you feel when you step out into the weather. 3. Outside, touch objects to record their impressive temperature. A chair in the sun feels different from...

Writers VS Editors ? I Think Not! 0

Writers VS Editors ? I Think Not!

Authors may feel the relationship between themselves and their editors are contentious times. I’ve had only great experiences so far. For me, the time I spend with my editors is invigorating. We share our concerns about my work: word choices, punctuation errors, pacing on the page as well as whether a sentence or paragraph progresses the story. We discuss my ‘why’ verses their ‘concern’. Often I concede that what I meant and what I wrote are not in harmony. Then we work through the section, make adjustments to help the reader understand my meaning, and move on. In the process...

3 C’s of Effective Communication 0

3 C’s of Effective Communication

When you talk face-to-face with others or provide your feedback, use the 3 C’s to improve your communication skills. Use: Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking  Collaboration: work with the goal of listening to others (voices or written words)before you speak.  Creativity: share your original ideas when the other person desires your input. Critical Thinking: use considerate, careful judgment in your suggestions. Be careful not to trample on other’s ideas in your excitement to share your thoughts.      

Quote about Writers 0

Quote about Writers

For every writer… there is always the impulse, realized or unrealized, that binds us one to another through the power of language. Every time a person writes, for public or not, he or she is connected to all who have ever felt that magnificent charge of communication through the written word- whether carved in hieroglyphics or glowing in code across our computer…there will always be the brilliant conspiracy between author and reader. Betsy Lerner The Forest for the Trees

Writing as an Everyday Activity 0

Writing as an Everyday Activity

I write every day. Mostly it’s on pages for my upcoming book. Sometimes it’s for one of my 3 blogs (Educating America, Goodreads and this one about Writing). I also find myself spending time writing classroom newsletters, math games and book publicity. I enjoy the variety of writing activities and sometimes I find myself switching from one type of writing to another when my brain needs a chance to rethink or sift through an idea before I make a final decision. I’ve tried to step away from writing some days, but I get edgy and need to work with words...