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  • Motivators

    How to Start Writing

    Start writing right now! All you aspiring, but hesitant writers, what’s holding you back? As soon as you leave this blog take a pad and begin making notes. Do you have a poet’s heart? Maybe the great romance lurks in your soul. A haunting mystery or a blockbuster adventure is ready to be written. Biography? Spy novel? Whatever your passion, if you desire to be an author, START NOW. MAKE A PLAN. Take one minute and then start writing. At this point, don’t worry about style or structure. Begin to tell your story. Let your words flow freely. Don’t correct anything, just write. Until you exhaust this first burst of…

  • Writers' Tools

    Book Clubs

    Through my interaction with book clubs, I learned often clubs emphasize different types of books. Some specialize in historical, ethnic, female-only, biographies, non-fiction/fiction, political, social issues or other single-theme works. However, I believe it broadens the readers if they sometimes go outside their normal themes. For instance, for those groups who may read only books by female authors, why not read a work by a male author and discuss how women are portrayed in another cultural context. (Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden or A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini). For those groups that specialize in historical works, try reading the biography of an important person whose life impacted historical…

  • Books I Like

    Two Books I Like

    There are two books I like that some of you may find interesting. The Not So Big Life by Sarah Susanka is a guide for people who are thinking about downsizing their lives and getting rid of the clutter.  The author is an architect by training and likens life to the places we live.  Just as we want to get the most from our homes, we want to get the most joy from our lives. It is a very thought-provoking book, in which Sarah writes about constructing our lives in the same manner we construct our living spaces, including only the things that matter. Many of you may have read The Tipping Point or one of Malcolm…

  • Personal

    Words Are Powerful

    Last week while browsing through a bookstore, I saw a toddler about two years old. He was sitting on his heels, as only small children can, looking in a book. There were only pictures on the pages, but he was talking to them, babbling really. Just then his mother walked up and asked “Have you selected the book you want?” It was a stunning scene. Here was a very young child who was (1) a beginning reader, (2) comfortable enough to quietly study a little book on his own, (3) who had obviously been read to, because he was talking to the pictures and (4) he lived in an environment…

  • Motivators

    Ten Resolutions for All You Writers

    1. Write Everyday Time is a valuable resource. Make it work for you. Writing everyday moves you closer to project completion and chips away at the distance between conception and goal. You are adding value daily. Don’t wait to feel like writing; develop the disciplined habit of setting aside time everyday. If you are stuck, then review previous passages that may provide an additional word or phrase that gets your story moving again. 2. Stay Alert for Distractions They are dream killers. Fight back by tightening your focus on the work in front of you before moving on to something else. Focus eliminates distractions and makes it easier to spot…

  • Writers' Tools

    Engage Your Readers with Details

    1. Don’t leave your readers wondering, say what you mean e.g. ‘Under the circumstances, he hesitated.’  What are the circumstances?  Try this: ‘He’d exceeded his credit limit and didn’t want to apply for a loan, therefore he hesitated.’ We’ve added details. Explaining what the circumstances are gives more information to the readers. This additional information leads them to wonder about the reasons he is in so much debt. Wondering about your character’s motives and seeking answers will keep them engaged and satisfy their curiosity. You’re drawing them deeper into the story. 2. Pump up your sentences with strong words. His voice was low.   Weak, not much action. It is a comment describing action. He spoke in…

  • Writers' Tools

    Write Your History

    If you’re thinking of creating a family history, don’t wait another day. Start where you are with what you have. You probably have more information available than you realize. Here are some resources you may already have: (1) Older relatives, (2) family friends, (3) school records, (4) birth certificates and death certificates, (5) funeral programs, (6) information on cemetery headstones, (7) old photos, (8) memories of what you think someone said to you, (9) real estate records, (10) employment documents, (11) year your family members joined the Great Migration. Discovering your family’s past is empowering. It’s like opening the door on a mystery or solving a puzzle, while giving strength…

  • Writers' Tools

    Writer’s Tools: Part 4

    Writing Craft When you’re learning to write, especially fiction, you learn the importance of drawing the reader into the story in the first paragraph or two. One of the most thrilling beginnings I have read came in the mystery novel Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. There is no way you can put this book down once you have read the first page.This skill works in other types of literary works. Even in poetry, the poet learns to draw the reader immediately. Remember, Longfellow’s poem Paul Revere’s Ride. It told the story of the great Revolutionary War hero. The reader is drawn into the tale immediately. Also, check out The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood…

  • Writers' Tools

    Writer’s Tools: Part 3

    Characterization: Part 1 Characters tell the story. They should be memorable. The reader should be able to visualize them in all their moves. A writer must know her characters. Everything about them is important in developing their actions in the unfolding story. When the author knows her characters, they will take the lead and only act in ways that are true to their natures. It is wise to know as much about them as feasible at the very beginning of the project. For each of the main characters, these questions must be answered. Where was she born? What is she like? Who are her family members and friends? Where did…

  • Writers' Tools

    Writer’s Tools: Part 2

    The power of observation is an important tool for all story tellers. For instance, when describing such things as colors, shapes, feelings or sounds, if the writer has carefully learned to observe these phenomena, she is then able to layer her descriptions. Observing nature is an excellent method when studying appropriate colors and shapes. A leaf is not just green; it may be dark green, pea green or apple green. Heighten a color with vivid imagery by tying the color to an object with a more brilliant shade. I remember her because of her ruby red nails. By using ruby red instead of just plain red, the writer has layered the description and made it…