How do writers use the rule of three? As a chef I know the magic of three. Always garnish the plate with odd numbers, usually threes. Two raspberries looks OK nestled next to the creme brulee and the sprig of fresh mint. But add just one more and the plate is perfect. Writers know the same… Continue reading The Rule of Three in Creative Writing
This morning my gym was offering free 10 minute sport massages so I waited 30 minutes after class ended to take advantage of it. My backpack was filled with books to read while I waited, but a pen and my traveling notebook were more interesting to me. I opened the notebook to phrases from the last poetry workshop I took.… Continue reading an owl’s warm feathers
“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” Stephen King Today, start your writing practice from the window. You can use this image as a start or wherever you are look out the window. Freewrite, start a poem or a story, a sentence or even just a word.
The writer spreads the fragrance of new flowers, an abundance of sprouting buds. Lu Chi (261-303), from The Art of Writing, translated by Sam Hamill The last month has been hurried…finishing up end of the year paperwork, opening a new business, and dealing with interruptions, changes and well, just normal life things. Often… Continue reading The Fragrance of New Flowers
“I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.” Robert Frost I loved the poem that The Writer’s Almanac presented today because it says a lot about voice. One Night by Jeremy Voight. If you’re not reading this on January 8th, you can do a search on the… Continue reading Discovering Poetry
“It is only through your conscious mind that you can reach the subconscious. Your conscious mind is the porter at the door, the watchman at the gate. It is to the conscious mind that the subconscious looks for all its impressions.” Robert Collier (American motivational author, 1885-1950) If you read part 1, I am using… Continue reading Thoughts on the Subconscious-Part II