Using Strong Verbs

“Forward motion in any piece of writing is carried by verbs.” William Sloane “The core of our language is the verb, the word that denotes an action, whether transitive, intransitive, or reflexive.” William Sloane “Passive verb forms often signal authorial hedging or limpness of thinking.” William Sloane During my three day workshop in Listowel, I… Continue reading Using Strong Verbs

Can You Be Discouraged?

It is impossible to discourage the real writers – they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write. ~Sinclair Lewis I can get pretty down on myself when I’m depressed about my lack of progress as a writer, when I find work I’ve written 3 years ago that was ready to send… Continue reading Can You Be Discouraged?

A Kind Word Every Now and Then

Science, or para-science, tells us that geraniums bloom better if they are spoken to. But a kind word every now and then is really quite enough. Too much attention, like too much feeding, and weeding and hoeing, inhibits and embarrasses them. ~Victoria Glendinning I spent most of the day cleaning and moving the furniture around… Continue reading A Kind Word Every Now and Then

Writers and Envy

“Envy is a symptom of lack of appreciation of our own uniqueness and self worth. Each of us has something to give that no one else has.” Great article in the New York Times about the green-eyed monster and writer’s. You’ve had that feeling your writing friend just signed her 5th book deal and you… Continue reading Writers and Envy

The Gift of Guinness

You can listen to traditional Irish music anywhere, anytime. But the very best place is sitting in the west of Ireland, downing your third pint of Guinness and knowing its great to be Irish. Conor Cunneen

Notes at Your Nightstand

I keep little notepads all over the place to write down ideas as soon as they strike, but the ones that fill up the quickest are always the ones at my nightstand. ~Emily Logan Decen I just handed in my third packet for school, so I’m officially more than 1/2 way done the first semester.… Continue reading Notes at Your Nightstand