Just a quick update to let any readers I might have know that I won't be blogging until after August 10th. In addition to being a writer and a graphic artist, I am incredibly blessed to be a Young Life leader. Tomorrow morning I will be leaving for a summer camp in Canada with the … Continue reading Gone for a While…
"I closed my mouth and spoke to you in a hundred silent ways." -- Rumi I love this quote, not only because it is a beautiful idea, but also because it sparks an interesting idea for writing... Would it be possible to write a scene where two people hold an entire conversation without speaking a … Continue reading Speaking in Silence.
Today I used a prompt for Setting which required me to write about Biggar, Saskatchewan, which is apparently a real town. The catch? I wasn't allowed do any research. Biggar, Saskatchewan would become whatever my mind created. Fun, right? So, Biggar, Saskatchewan, I apologize for this rather drearily insulting portrayal. I'm sure you are a lovely … Continue reading Biggar is Shrinking.
Lately I've been reading a fantastic book from the editors of Writer's Digest called Crafting Novels & Short Stories. The first two sections, on Characters and Plot & Conflict, were magnificent and exciting. Section three, on Point of View, I was less than excited about beginning. Basically, my thoughts were "Yeah, yeah, first-person, third-person, omniscient, limited, … Continue reading Perception and Point of View.
Love After Love by Derek Walcott The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who was your self. Give wine. Give bread. Give back … Continue reading Peel Your Own Image from the Mirror.
Disclaimer: I don't have a sister. Many of the pieces of writing I share on Fridays are written in the first person POV, but don't (please, please don't) assume they are in any way autobiographical. I assure you, I will tell you if they are. I just happen to write a lot in first person. … Continue reading My Sister’s Clothes.
A common whine for me is that it is so much easier to come up with depressing story ideas than happy ones. I mean, I can cook up gloom, doom, death, and destruction at the drop of a hat, but every time I try to think of something uplifting, I end up with cotton candy. … Continue reading Avoiding Cotton Candy.
“The author who benefits you most is not the one who tells you something you did not know before, but the one who gives expression to the truth that has been dumbly struggling in you for utterance.” - Oswald Chambers While I love books that tell me something I did not know before, egghead that … Continue reading The Dumb Struggle.
Well, this week's writing has either been trash, or it has been good enough that I'm not sure (at this point) if I want to share it here, or develop it into something really good. So instead, I'm going to give you the first bit of my novel-in-progress, which is actually the product of last … Continue reading The Noble Work.
Guys. I have not yet written today. Do I feel bad about it? Am I berating myself for my irresponsible laziness? Not really, no. I spent the day reading The Elements of Eloquence, by Mark Forsyth, otherwise known as "The Inky Fool." (The links are to the book's listing on Amazon and Mr. Forsyth's blog, respectively, by the … Continue reading A Rhetorically Dissipated Day.