Monthly Archives: February 2012

Writing Challenge #12: Happy Leap Day!

It has been a while since I’ve run a writing challenge, likely because I’ve been so immersed in my sprawling rewrite. I so thoroughly enjoyed the flash fiction exercise I participated in recently that I decided to offer a prompt as today’s challenge. … Continue reading

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Line of the Week

As novelists, we must create a big juicy story while still caretaking each sentence and each paragraph. Plot doesn’t sing without the right kind of language to convey it. Do you ever fall in love with a sentence that’s buried … Continue reading

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Time Management for Writers

A friend with two kids recently showed me her silverware drawer. To save time, she decided to throw out the plastic insert. Now she just dumps the forks, spoons and knives in there willy-nilly. Her new system saves a few … Continue reading

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Experimenting with Flash Fiction

When is a potluck more than a potluck? When the participants bring flash fiction along with the food. I love writing parties. This past weekend I attended my first Intentional Ducati event, hosted by Joanna Rose and Stevan Allred of the Pinewood Table. Here’s … Continue reading

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Preschooler Love: Sweet Little Snippets of Paper

For me, Valentine’s Day has always been about more than romance. I use it as an excuse to express love and appreciation for friends and family. For one thing, it’s my mother’s birthday, so growing up we celebrated her with … Continue reading

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A Corner of My Own

I’ve been thinking about the importance of writing space since running Emma Burcart’s guest post last week. While I don’t have a writing room of my own, we’re turning the basement workshop into a family office. The final major piece was … Continue reading

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The Magic of a Full Rainbow

I still remember the first time I saw a full rainbow, just like the ones in picture books. I was 15, and my family had traveled from New Jersey to Washington state to house hunt. I loved the place, its … Continue reading

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