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Short Stories in Naples – Words like trees One Cafe, Write To Me, I'm Afraid, My Journal, Naples, Looking Back, Short Stories, Universe, Trees

Short Stories in Naples

On Thursday morning, at the patisserie Poppella, I wrote this in my journal: I'm so overwhelmed by Naples. It's so busy. I feel like I'll be trampled when I walk on the street. Everything is dirty. Garbage is all over the streets. I'm afraid to take out my computer. I'm afraid someone will take it.…

A quick note from Naples – Words like trees: how does our image of a place inform our real experience of it? Opera Arias, Free Concerts, Naples Italy, How To Make Cheese, Us Images, Universe, Trees, Note, Writing

A quick note from Naples

It's 10:30pm, and I'm just sitting down to write. I'll have to keep it a quick one. A long and sweaty, beautiful and adventurous day of travel now at an end, I'll recount a bit and reflect, see if I can tease out a few details to remember. Naples has a reputation. I think everyone…

Choose the Right Point of View for Your Story: Beyond the Basics – Words like trees The Third Person, Story Structure, Choose The Right, Point Of View, Your Story, Perspective, Texts, Universe, Language

Choose the Right Point of View for Your Story: Beyond the Basics

First, third, omniscient, limited—point of view (POV) is a global decision we make in every writing project. Like our choice of present or past tense, selecting the right point of view for a story has a powerful impact on the final effect, and it’s worth considering different options before jumping to one choice. Many of…

What effects do different points of view have on the reader? How do first and third POVs differ? How can we navigate them? The Third Person, Choose The Right, Point Of View, Your Story, Universe, Trees, Thoughts, Writing, How To Plan

Choose the Right Point of View for Your Story: Beyond the Basics

First, third, omniscient, limited—point of view (POV) is a global decision we make in every writing project. Like our choice of present or past tense, selecting the right point of view for a story has a powerful impact on the final effect, and it’s worth considering different options before jumping to one choice. Many of…

Thoughts about writing, and the universe. Universe, Sunday, Trees, Thoughts, Writing, Words, Blog, Tree Structure, Outer Space

Words Like Trees

Thoughts about writing, and the universe.

Fiction and reality, monkeys in Billings – Words like trees Sci Fi Novels, Self Conscious, Romantic Movies, How To Make Paper, Real People, Monkeys, The Rock, Fiction, Universe

Fiction and reality, monkeys in Billings

The land here is dry. The leafy tendrils I saw from the airplane, riverbeds, I imagined, are really more of folds in the rock, like the skin of a naked cat around the haunches. Earth muscles, they make me think of. It's December, and a bit of early winter snow remains , but mostly it…

Revising for consistency: the case of the mysteriously changing hair color Words To Describe, How To Make Cheese, Self Discovery, How To Make Paper, New Words, Consistency, How To Look Pretty, Novels, Hair Color

Revising for consistency: the case of the mysteriously changing hair color

I think both look pretty nice. Why must I choose? A novel is big, literally as well as temporally. At the point I finished a complete first draft of my novel, I had an embarrassing splat of 160 thousand words and a nearly three-year distance from my first paragraphs. Revision beckoned; then it loomed. Although…

: When do we call our stories done? – Words like trees Leaves Of Grass, Sentence Structure, That Moment When, Type Setting, Self Discovery, New York Public Library, Paths, Universe, Trees

Are we there yet?: When do we call our stories done?

How do we know when to call our writing finished? Right now I am hurtling towards that moment when I will call my novel done. The thought is so exciting. It is the next stage in my journey, before I begin seeking publication. This is Rice Creek, a park I walked frequently during the four…

Year’s End: Reflection Year End Reflection, What If Questions, One Year Ago, Thrown Pottery, How To Make Paper, Universe, Trees, Shit Happens, Writing

Year’s End: Reflection

Nearly four years has passed since I decided I would make writing a central part of my life. It's the end of the year. My journey as a writer has taken me deep into myself, and I am feeling more sure than I did four years ago, more than I did one year ago. Let…

On authentic writing, bread, and Like Water for Chocolate – Words like trees Like Water For Chocolate, Grocery Store, How To Memorize Things, Universe, Trees, Writing, Baking, Recipes, Food

On authentic writing, bread, and Like Water for Chocolate

For those of us in Western cultures and the Middle East, there are few foods more staple than bread. We might not even notice the bread as we swim through grocery store aisles (shoutout to Hannah Whiteoak's "Earth Report"), throw a sandwich in our lunchboxes, proclaim some sensational new dip at a party... Onion focaccia.…

10 Maya Angelou Quotes We'll Never Forget Black Lives Matter Quotes, The Joy Luck Club, African American Literature, Wise Mind, Maya Angelou Quotes, Congratulations Graduate, Mind Body Soul, Kinds Of People, Education Quotes

How social identities affect our writing: #OwnVoices and social justice

I recently finished reading Naomi Alderman's The Power, for me a game-changing look at gender and historical power hierarchies. The engrossing story that follows the sudden reversal of gender hierarchies worldwide opens with a letter from its fictional author, a member of The Men Writers Association. The book has me thinking about #OwnVoices literature and its…

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Brad Paisley - Letter To Me (Official Video)

Brad Paisley's official music video for 'Letter To Me'. Click to listen to Brad Paisley on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/BPaisleySpot?IQid=BradPLtM As featured...

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Is conflict necessary?: Kishōtenketsu and the conflict-less plot

I've long been puzzled by the idea of conflict so ubiquitous in the stories we read and write. Why is it necessary? What, precisely, is it giving us? To what extent is the focus on conflict reflecting our worldview and basic human psychology? Is it possible to write a story without conflict? If you keep…

Character development: the bubble model – Words like trees People Change, Real People, From Beginning To End, Minor Character, Great Expectations, Low Self Esteem, Character Development, Real Life, Bubbles

Character development: the bubble model

The lifeblood of so many stories is in their characters. An unsympathetic, unrelatable protagonist can easily drive readers away, and writing believable, sympathetic characters can pose real challenges. Not least among these is the question of how our characters change from beginning to end. How do we write believable, authentic change in our characters? How,…

Why speculative fiction compels us: place, time, and the imagination – Words like trees Fantasy Literature, Grey Clouds, Rich Life, The Real World, The Other Side, I School, Wonders Of The World, Wander, Imagination

Why speculative fiction compels us: place, time, and the imagination

Near the end of my journey north, the bus drove onto a ferry crossing the Sogn Fjord. I disembarked and went to the boat's edge. Beneath me, the motor sounded deep and long, like a brilliant foghorn sweeping out over the water. Mountains jutted up on either side of the fjord, and swirls of gray…

Spoons and stories: rethinking the ordinary in our writing – Words like trees First Aid Course, Writing Words, Spoons, The Ordinary, Universe, Trees, Tree Structure, Spoon, Outer Space

Spoons and stories: rethinking the ordinary in our writing

It's been a quiet week along the fjords. Students have been busy with a first-aid course and an immersive Model United Nations simulation. That left us teachers with a little time on our hands, and my husband and I took the opportunity for a few days' sojourn south to Bergen. We found ourselves in the…