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The Snowflake Method:
Turning Mountains to Molehills

snowflake panorama
Photo credit:Geralt

"Oh no! Not more snow. It's spring!"
"Hold on. This isn't about bad weather. It's about good writing!"

The Holy Grail of Writing

The Holy Grail of Writing

What's your favorite novel writing application? After decades of writing, and several misfires, I have finally found mine. In fact, these days I have an arsenal of writing aids, but one in particular is special for creative work.

Writer's Quicksand

quicksand

Whether it's fiction or fact, historical or hysterical, prosaic or poetic, if you are a writer, you have a story to tell. Tell it in what you will call, your first draft.

Only Words

Heiroglyphs
Photo Credit:Jon Bodsworth

Heiroglyphs from the tomb of Seti I

You may have heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but if that were true,
we'd still be writing in hieroglyphics, wouldn't we?

Surrounded by Writing Prompts

Elderly man on park bench

Observe your world. Look at the old man on the park bench and imagine him as a boy. What choices or circumstances changed his dreams and brought him to whom and where he is today? Ask yourself, what is he looking at? What does he see?

Lame English: Buzzwords,
Cliches, & Crutch Words

Wasp

photo credit : Christel

Many words start life in the well-defined folds of the Oxford or the Merriam-Webster dictionary. In time, overwork and abuse corrupt their meaning.
These are buzzwords, cliches, and crutch words.

Language: More Than Words

'I love you' in many languages

Since I first learned to read and write, I have had a love affair with words, yet I have always had difficulty in learning and retaining languages other than English. I recently began learning Spanish and what is most surprising is that the Spanish language has a very different approach to communication than does the English language.



Markdown: Writing Made Easier

cheat sheet

Everybody likes a discount because discounts knock off some of that retail markup and make buying easier. Markdown is a writing system that is like getting a discount on writing content that will be published in html.



Inspiration from the Heart

heart pool

A child's question sparks inspiration for a poem.
My young son asked, “Momma, who do you love more? Me or Nicki?” I had to think. I knew the stock answer was, “I love you both the same,” but I didn’t. I loved some qualities about him that she didn’t have and she had some lovable qualities that I didn’t see in him.

Articulate Writing

talking on cup phones

When I first started writing online, I followed other people’s rules. For instance, I remember reading that each piece must be at least one page (i.e. 350 words long). Hogwash. After years of writing, I learned that a good writer cuts and cuts and cuts again because often—maybe usually— less is more...