HOW TO KNOW IF YOU’RE A WRITER

Sol Stein in How To Grow A Novel: • A writer is someone who cannot not write. ( A non-writer is someone who can write or not, who does not have the drive and need to put words to paper.) • A writer is someone who looks forward to the day’s work, even if it

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

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

GET INSPIRED – IT REALLY WORKS!

  It shouldn’t still surprise me, but it always does. When you feel inspired, great things happen. All of those walls evoked such positive feelings that the creative energy began to flow. When I went back to my WIP, I couldn’t help but renewed enthusiasm, grateful for the many experiences that led me to those

WHEN YOU HIT THE WALL – LOOK AGAIN!

Nothing is working! I want to scream it from the roof tops. My WIP with the working title of Anywhere But Here appeared to be progressing well.  There were some scenes that needed strengthening but I always knew where the story was going and how it would end. So, I did not expect to hit the

AN INSIDE OUT VIEW

Travelling provides endless opportunities for imaginative material. Just look at this painting from 1952. Isn’t it brilliant? Lucky for me, this was one of the paintings I was actually allowed to photograph at the SF MoMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.) In fact, I think there should be an entire writing prompt book specifically

CREATE A UNIQUE VOICE

How can I use my imagination to create a unique, yet totally relatable character?  What I have realized is that I need to use every possible opportunity to develop the personality of my  character. I need to practice “being” Lily. I need to literally live inside my story. What quirks/mannerisms does Lily display when eating?

IMAGINE – the journey Day 34 The Wandering Muse

“I learned…that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time,” Brenda Ueland The Muse likes to wander in and through the meanderings of your mind because she feels free to offer her ideas in this flexible atmosphere. She

FEEDING THE MUSE

“The man who has no imagination, has no wings.” Muhammad Ali im·ag·i·na·tion noun The faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses. the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful. the part of the mind that imagines things. During the month of

The Creative Brain

Did you know that doing one novel thing a day is important for brain health? (Considiering I just wrapped up National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) it seems obvious a pun was intended here!) According to Dr. Sandra Bond, renowned cognitive neuroscientist, using your brain creatively is a critical part of strengthening brain function. Apparently we

How to Begin With A Character

An alternative to giving students  a writing prompt, try having students begin by getting to know a character.  I have spent the past several months studying character development for my work-in-progress. Now I have put together some activities to help students get to know their characters. We start with the more superficial elements as students