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Saying goodbye for now

Kind friends, the time has come to say goodbye for now. I haven’t been teaching the writing class lately that is the raison d’etre for this blog, and it’s now time to re-up the domain and tools.  Since proceeds from the class paid the fees, I’m going to be practical and let go, especially since […]

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You know you’re a flash writer when …

– You get peevish reading a preamble. – You know eight synonyms for “short.” – You guzzle Brevity magazine like a morning cuppa joe. –  You can whack 2000 words down to 800 words in 10 minutes flat. –  You couldn’t write in passive voice to save your mother. –  You have 500 publishing credits. […]

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13 writerly quotes for inspiration

These are just a few of my favorite quotes about writing, which I hope provide some inspiration for you too.  For a tasty endless supply, browse #writequote on Twitter. Their stories are not so different from my stories and their healing aids my healing. ~Len Leatherwood My writer self is braver than the rest of […]

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Make an engaging story

Delve into your story guest post by Lynette Benton As we sit around two rectangular conference tables we’ve pushed together, I eye my memoir-writing students and say, “When you write about your life, make sure it’s a story, not a report. Even your nearest and dearest will recoil from the prospect of reading fifty pages […]

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Do what works best for you

In classes and writing groups, I’m often asked about my writing practice. This always leads to comments about suggested habits we’ve all read about ( seat time, morning pages, Evernote, the perfect notebook or pen, phone apps, …), and then to guilty confessions about how difficult it is to observe them.  I’m surprised at how willing people […]

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Who are your people?

Most of us find our own voices only after we’ve sounded like a lot of other people.  ~ Neil Gaiman I’ve been thinking lately about cultural traits and the multiple cultures we each belong to. The number and variety are surprising! I am, or used to be, a member of these cultures: Southwest Artist Writer […]

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12 ways to bust a creative block

Within a couple pages of beginning to read Breakthrough!: Proven Strategies to Overcome Creative Block & Spark Your Imagination, I gave in to my compulsion to count the ideas presented. The book, edited by Alex Cornell, contains favorite creative-block busters from 90 artists who span the fields of visual art & design, music, and written […]

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