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

A DOGGIE DIARY #2 By Shadow the Sheltie

  Today started out as usual. The human leader was up at a decent time, which I always appreciate. And she gave me my breakfast quite promptly. Nice. The little brown furball with the funny ears has moved into a different room, so I don’t see him as often. This has it’s advantages although I

IMAGINE – the road not taken

Another Point of View activity that I have found super helpful, is to go through the writing prompts in some of my books  and then respond to the prompt as my protagonist would respond. This is actually a lot of fun and provides a whole new twist to the writing prompt. But the best part

THE WAR FOR THE IMAGINATION

I’m going to suggest that reading fiction, that reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do. Neil Gaiman The Guardian This article is a MUST read. Are we in danger of regressing in the 21st century? I’m not going to reiterate what Neil Gaiman already said so passionately and eloquently in

“WRITE YOUR MIND IN A BOOK”

“What if a man could write everything that came into his mind. You could find there gems of wisdom, depth of utter despair, heights of the most cherished hopes, killing fields where we slaughter our enemies, moments of faith and moments of doubts, dark chambers where we commit infidelity against our partners, counting the goods

When the going gets tough…SNEAK INTO THE FAIRY REALM

Doesn’t March feel like the perfect month to create something new? I don’t mean simply a new project, I mean something completely different from your usual fare; to embrace your imagination’s full potential. Wouldn’t it be fun to sneak into the realm of Fairies and record their secret lives? March, from the latin Martius, was

BEYOND THE PINK DOOR continues…

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

FICTION FRIDAY: ANYWHERE BUT HERE – the beginning

For FICTION FRIDAY  I decided to share the first scene of the YA novel I’ve been working on… Chapter 1 – A Sign                “Grief camp? Isn’t that an oxymoron?” I stared at the brochure my father had just handed me. He pushed his dark hair forcefully off his face,

MAKING THE ORDINARY, EXTRAORDINARY

 “The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” Neil Gaiman That making of something that wasn’t there before, is the very essence of creativity. It’s why I write. We are all unique. So when we create, we are bringing something to the world that no one else can or