• Creativity,  Fiction,  The Writing Life,  writing tips

    Think Like a Writer

    One of the things that happens when you give yourself permission to start writing is that you start thinking like a writer. You start seeing everything as material. Anne Lamott Writing prompt Write a list of the things in your home that are yours: furniture, photos, art on the walls, collections. Go from room to room and make a list of what you find. What do these things say about you. If you could pick on item from your list as symbolic of you, which one would you choose? Write about why you chose this item. Choose another item and do the same thing. In this blog there will be…

  • Creativity,  Fiction

    Write, Write, Write, Write…

    And how do you learn the craft? In the trenches..I say write and then write and write and write some more and go write some more. August Wilson writing prompt Borrow (okay, steal) an idea from something you’ve read recently. Rewrite a scene in the story, changing the setting and/or the characters while keeping the premise of the idea. Next, write the scene creating your own conflict. If you missed the introduction to How To Write A Novel, click on the link to see the first post. Next Monday there will be a new writing lesson. Until then…

  • Creativity,  The Writing Life,  writing tips

    Rise and Shine, Writers!

    I usually find that first thing in the morning my mind is sharper, which is my excuse for leaving the household tasks until after I’ve done some writing. Who knew there was a scientific explanation behind this practice? Science tells us it is that foggy time between sleeping and waking, that the creative mind works best.   “We know that the creative mind is an early riser and that the editing mind sleeps in.”  Kevan Lee,  The Best Time to Write and Get Ideas – According to Science. And it doesn’t end there. Apparently there are best times for all sorts of activities. Like, exercising between 3pm and 6pm. Huh. You…