IN A BLUE FUNK*

“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.

HOW TO FIND YOUR INNER ADOLESCENT

“Sometimes I scare myself at how easily I slip inside my mind and live vicariously through these characters.” Teresa Mummert  When I first started writing, my son was a teen so I was surrounded with the sarcasm and the witty (but not necessarily kind) comebacks that passed for conversation between him and his friends. Inevitably

How to Breathe Life into Flat Characters

  “It’s delightful when your imaginations come true, isn’t it?”  L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables The timelessness and the popularity of the story of Anne of Green Gables are rooted in the character of Anne. LM Montgomery managed to create a delightful character who readers love and care about. Even readers in other cultures adore the

LET YOUR CHARACTER WRITE THE STORY

“Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to become the people of your story. If they are not realities in your own mind, there is no mysterious alchemy in ink and paper that will turn wooden figures into flesh and blood.” —Leslie Gordon Barnard, WD When I begin to feel a writer’s block building in

HOW TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”  ― Kurt Vonnegut, Writing a novel is a long process. It’s easy to get weighed down by the enormity of the task. The most important thing is to keep moving forward. Here are some things that I have found useful

FREE YOUR MIND

 “Once you connect with your mind, you are who you are and you are free.” Natalie Goldberg   When I first began attending writing workshops, I noticed that they always seemed to start with some form of stream-of-consciousness writing. Natalie Goldberg, author of the best selling Writing Down the Bones, begins every workshop she teaches with

WE ARE ALL CREATIVE

The Artist’sWay by Julia Cameron is based on the premise “We are all creative. We can all be more creative.” When I started this IMAGINE  blog  in January, it was with this premise and with the goal of developing a stronger imagination.  After several months of exploration, I’m now ready to settle in to some

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU’RE A WRITER

“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.”  – Somerset Maugham 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 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