When You Reach Me has A Wrinkle in Time. Fifty Shades of Grey has Tess of d'Urbervilles. You've Got Mail has Pride and Prejudice. No matter what genre you examine, you will find books that are continually winging their characters back to the pages of other books. What is the meaning of these books within a book? Are authors trying to send us … Continue reading Metabooks!
Confession: I am not a poet. That’s not to say that I don’t appreciate poetry. I do! Poetry, to me, is like a cherry tree. I admire the delicate coloring and the profusion of the blossoms. I pluck and eat all the fruit I can reach. And yet, no matter how many cherries I consume, … Continue reading Dress Up Your Prose with Poetry
I've been toying with a theory about the formation of a preference for writing vs. speaking (and vice versa). Most people I know do have some preference. They either feel more comfortable communicating through the written word or the spoken one. The impetus of my theory was myself, washing dishes one night. As I was washing the … Continue reading Writers and Their Inner Voices
As a child, I lived largely in my imagination. More than playing with other children, I enjoyed playing by myself with lots of tiny figurines that my mother called "my sets." I would spend hours creating worlds out of leaves and berries and candle votives and cubbies under my nightstand or the phone nook. As … Continue reading Theatre Clouds: Illustrations Drenched in Light
I am fascinated by creative writing. And by that, I don't just mean that I am fascinated by creative stories, stories with fresh plots, quirky characters, and imaginative settings. I mean that I am fascinated with creative ways of writing those stories. Here are 5 of the most creative ways to tell a story that I have come … Continue reading 5 Unique Narrative Forms (Experiment Away!)
Life is full of inspiration. Keeping a notebook to jot down the glimmers of inspiration you see in everyday life is a tried-and-true writer's trick. Not only can you use the material later, you develop a habit of keeping your senses awake and mentally articulating what comes in! By reviewing your notes later, you might … Continue reading 10 Day Bus Challenge
"Did you base your characters on your friends and family?" "Where do you come up with your ideas?" "Was this story inspired by your life?" These questions are the bacteria of the literary world. They exist everywhere. They spring from the cold desert dust on the surface of Mars in scifi; they get busy in the stomachs of the … Continue reading Are all books autobiographical?
Read me a passage from one of my teenage diaries, and you will see me turn poppy-red. How did I manage to exist with that much melodrama (and those many adjectives) filling my head? While I wouldn't seek a return to my old fashion of writing, sometimes I do wish I could channel the emotions … Continue reading Emotional Writing for the Even-Keeled