“Where questions of style and exposition are concerned I try to follow a simple maxim: if you can’t say it clearly you don’t understand it yourself.” John Searle John stirred the pot of fragrant bubbling chili adding a dash more cocoa powder and a pinch of his secret weapon. The secret weapon, that he brought home… Continue reading Thoughts on Exposition in Creative Writing
Every creative writer will tell you…there is no money in poetry…but there is money, publication and the possibility to get your finest work seen by your poetic community. If you’re going to enter and ultimately win or place in a poetry contest you need to follow some simple rules. Do your research, is it a legitimate press, a… Continue reading 7 Tips for Poetry Contest Success
Life can’t ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer’s lover until death – fascinating, cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous, constant. ~Edna Ferber, A Kind of Magic, 1963 Writers who feel a passion for writing might consider writing their constant companion. And with every relationship there… Continue reading 7 Ways to Keep The Passion for the Writing Life
Although I don’t have any statistics on rejections I do know that many best-selling authors often boast of how many rejections they received before they got their first work published. And almost every how-to writing book includes a chapter on accepting rejection as part of the writing process. Successful writers all say the same thing…surviving… Continue reading Facing Down Rejection
“They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing”Hindu Proverb Yesterday I didn’t post because I was finishing my self evaluation for last semester. This is harder than it sounds. What did you learn, how did you learn it, and how do you live what you’ve learned in your community and the world.… Continue reading Evaluating Your Creative Writing Life
How to start a creative writing habit.
Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. ~Jim Davis I picked up this book for obvious reasons…I like to eat, cook and read about food. It also brought to mind the idea that you really can write about anything and find a market for it. Writing… Continue reading Women Who Eat