Monthly Archives: April 2011

Writing Challenge #3: A Wildfire Writing Exercise

Christi Krug, Wildfire Writing coach and an amazingly versatile and soulful writer herself, has submitted this wonderful exercise for this challenge. Here’s what she has to say: My superpower is helping writers overcome creative blocks. I especially love blocked beginners–those who … Continue reading

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Metamorphosis: Exchanging My Writerly Stripes for Spots

In the past six months, everything I know about myself as a novelist has changed, except for my dedication to the craft. That’s the one constant. I write every day. My wake-up-as-someone-else metamorphosis has to do with plot. Now I’m … Continue reading

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Blooming Tulips Brighten a Very Gray Spring

We’ve had a mostly soggy April here in Oregon. What better way to lift one’s spirits, and encourage creativity, than heading to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn? Here are a few photos for those of you craving a splash … Continue reading

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There’s Nothing Like a Deadline

With novel-writing, my only deadline is to polish a few pages for my monthly critique group. I work on my manuscript every day, but sometimes I wish I had a firm deadline so I could measure myself against it. Am … Continue reading

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Interview: Novelist Julia Stoops on Anti-War Activism and Using Research to Build a Realistic Fictional World

Julia Stoops is one of the most accomplished creative professionals I know. She has earned acclaim in numerous fields, including visual art, teaching, innovative website design and fiction writing. She recently completed her first novel, PARTS PER MILLION. Julia’s work on … Continue reading

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On Scott Sparling, Flipback Books and Ken Metzler

Consider this a three-in-one blog post. It’s gotten so busy around here–with the growth of my Seven Questions series–that I need to squeeze a few topics together before the next installment, featuring novelist Julia Stoops. She will share her thoughts … Continue reading

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Interview: Miller-Kelton’s Edward Reilley Forman on Songwriting, Inspiration and the ‘Adjective Pinwheel’

Today Miller-Kelton, a Columbus, Ohio alt-country band with classic rock and folk sensibilities, celebrates the release of its new album, “Tip-Top.” I’m pleased to interview Edward Reilley Forman, the band’s songwriter, “rhythm guy” and vocalist. Edward Reilley’s lyrics are narrative … Continue reading

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