“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” Tom Hanks as Jimmy in A League of Their Own, staring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis. Dottie (Geena) wants to quit the baseball league, claiming it’s too hard. That’s the way I feel about writing.


There was a time, not so long ago that I considered writing prompts, tips for writers who couldn’t think of what to write. Writers who were not in the middle of writing a novel. Prompts for people whose own imagination had failed them. I was wrong. It was my imagination, as it turned out, that


“If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always gotten.” Jessie Potter   The first step in building a stronger imagination, is to do things differently. That’s why, when I started this quest at the beginning of 2017, I decided I needed to broaden my creative experience. It occurred to


The Pink Door story continues…  To read the beginning click on Beyond the Pink Door Violet didn’t intend to return to the pink door in the alley. She hadn’t told Mr. Murdock about how badly her visit to the old woman had gone.  He would probably be sad to learn that the woman had gone


“There are things known. And things unknown. And in between are the doors.” (possibly Jim Morrison) This is the beginning. To find the continuation of the story, click on WHAT HAPPENS NEXT   The librarian had told her simply to knock on the pink door. She would find what she was looking for on the


“Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been.” Alan Alda When you aren’t feeling particularly inspired, sometimes it helps to twist the lens on something familiar and view it from a different perspective. If you haven’t tried using writing prompts with a twist, you may be

IMAGINE – the journey Day 10 The Coffee Shop Criminal

“A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God.”  Sidney Sheldon That’s how I feel today, sitting in front of the blank page, knowing I have challenged myself to observe something and then from some ordinary event, filter it through my imagination and come up with

IMAGINE – the journey Day 7 The Pink Door

“If you are a dreamer come in If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer If you’re a pretender come sit by my fire For we have some flax golden tales to spin Come in! Come in!” ― Shel Silverstein There is something magical about this pink door. For

Monday Morning Challenge: Write A Script

One of the best ways to practice writing dialogue is to write a script. I often have students write a script for a familiar childhood story to illustrate how dialogue needs to move the plot forward. Today’s challenge is to write a scene where two characters meet after being apart for an extended period of