Monthly Archives: May 2011

Days Like These

Some days the words just won’t come. Or the words come and everything is a cliche. I get up and walk around. Dump the laundry into the washer and turn it on. Put away the dishes. Put last night’s wineglasses … Continue reading

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World Enough, and Time…

(with apologies to Andrew Marvell) Writing is a solitary pursuit. When groups of writers come together they always have differences of opinion — on everything from whether an MFA is worth it to what kind of pen to use to … Continue reading

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Pay Attention

Pay attention. Ever get admonished to do that by a teacher? Or a parent? Writers need to pay attention to everything around them. Listen to the way people talk to get clues about dialogue. If you are writing about something … Continue reading

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Did It Really Happen That Way?

Writers who work on memoir or personal essay often debate how much to reveal and worry about offending family or friends with stories that might be embarrassing. A person who witnessed or who was part of something that happened in … Continue reading

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