Category Archives: writing tips

Get the Moon Right

With the ocean’s roar in front of us and the chirping of cicadas behind us, my daughter and I sat in our beach chairs watching the strollers, shell collectors, and frolicking children. We noted an increased number of dogs on … Continue reading

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Do This. Don’t Do That.

I’ve been a slacker in the blogging department lately, not because I don’t have anything to say but rather because I’ve been speaking my truth in other areas. Plus, although I always did my best (with what I knew at … Continue reading

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Emma’s Boost

In the years since retirement, I’ve read and listened to all sorts of advice about writing. Don’t use “it” so often. Show, don’t tell. Don’t be so thematically heavy-handed. Use said, not murmured or yelled. Make your dialogue realistic. Stay … Continue reading

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Now and Then and Now Again

It’s crunch time for shaping up this year’s anthology. I’m not at the fingernail-biting stage yet. I know we’ll pull it together my mid-August at the absolute latest. We want our book to be top-notch even if it means tacking … Continue reading

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Keep That Dialogue Real

Do this. Don’t do that. When I first joined a local writing group, I heard those phrases more than I like to think about. Let’s be honest; I still hear those five little words at just about every critique meeting. … Continue reading

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Moose Burgers and Gym Bags

Being part of a writing group has helped me in ways too numerous to recount. At the same time, my membership has also made me a little more hesitant to write or to trust myself as a writer. For example, I’ve been … Continue reading

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Since retiring from full-time employment, I’ve been able to fulfill a lot of “wishing and hoping” dreams from those crazy, busy days of working and raising children. While I loved that time period, the demands and expectations didn’t leave much … Continue reading

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Show, Don’t Tell

Becoming  part of a writing group was a smart choice. Since I joined the group about three (?) years ago, I’ve learned about going easy on to be verbs and passive voice. I now make a conscious effort to add … Continue reading

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Using Strong Verbs

Does it bother me that no one reads and comments on my blog? Yes and no. Of course, I’d love it if they did. It would make me ecstatically happy if I had some followers who regular left comments, but … Continue reading

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Six Pack

Six pack. What was I supposed to do with that? It was prompt given to us in a monologue writing class that I attended Saturday. I was at the Intensive Day Workshop offered by the Rock Hill Chapter of SCWW … Continue reading

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