Tag: inspiration

Friday Fable: The Writer and the Busy Life

You may know the old story, The Child and the Brook: One day an old man was out walking when he noticed a child standing by the side of a stream. The boy stood there for over an hour, shifting from leg to leg,…

Friday Fable: The Inspired Writer

You may know the old story of “The Mule:” A mule who was used to lazing around munching grass for months on end, began to jump and gambol about one sunny day. It felt so good to stretch and move! “I feel invincible,” the mule thought….

When Good Ideas go Bad

I keep a writing journal in which I write scenes by hand, work out plots, explore characters, make note of submissions, and – most important of all – jot down ideas for new books. I’ve kept writing journals for years and they contain some wonderful…

Friday Fable: The Writer and the Inspiring World

You may know the old fable, The Widow and the Hen: Once there was a widow who found a hen wandering the yard. The widow gave the hen a handful of barley and, lo, it laid an egg. The next day, the widow tossed the…

We interrupt this blog…

…to bring you PUPPIES! Well, just one puppy. But what a puppy. Sigh. I’m smitten. Puppy’s vital stats: Name: Ernest  (AKA Ernie, Ernesto, Che, and occasionally the names of my cats and children when I get confused) Age: 3 months; he’s been with us…

Five things to Love about Fall

There are the leaves, of course. There’s the back-to-school energy. There’s the first fire in the woodstove. There are, ahem, the shoes. (Yeah, I know, but I have some beloved closed-toed numbers I haven’t worn all summer.) And there is one grossly under-appreciated Fall wonder: the mushrooms….

Freewriting

Freewriting is a practice I first learned about in Spilling Ink (A Young Writer’s Handbook by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter). It’s simple: Once a day, begin to write and don’t stop – don’t take that pen off the page or those fingers off…

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