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Winter Dreams

Winter Dreams

Sometimes it can be difficult coming up with a new story, and I’m not talking about the dreaded writer’s block. Quite the opposite! When I write, sometimes my only focus is on that one story. If it’s a novel, I can become lost in it, but sometimes I want a break. That’s when a writing prompt can be amazingly helpful in getting the creative juices going! Which is what happened here :) My writing group needed a break, and what better way than with a writing prompt? This is the story I wrote following this prompt:

“Listen to a piece of instrumental music that moves you. Then, come up with a story to go along with the song. Let the emotions it evokes be a guiding theme; its ups and downs the flow of the story.”

In this case, I listened to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. For a longer version of the song, click here. That’s also where I found the photo for this blog. It seemed fitting.


3 Rules

3 Rules

There are three important rules I’ve learned over the years. I’m not talking about the Golden Rules, though those are important too. No, I’m talking about rules to strengthen my artistic side.


Don't Stress It

Don't Stress It

I know I usually talk about writing, but I feel like this topic applies to so many areas of life! I’m talking about ambitions, dreams, and goals. Sometimes they can feel so unattainable. To put it in terms of writing, imagine your goal is to write a novel, a 150,000 word novel. That’s a lot of words to get down on paper! (To put it into perspective, this paragraph is 72 words.)


Post Election

Post Election

I wrote this short story after hearing the story of a teacher who did not know what to do or say to help alleviate the fear many students had after the election ended. I won't go too far into the specifics, but several students were fearful of their safety after receiving threats to their safety and well-being. I can't imagine being a teacher, in a position of authority, and having to address those fears and to make all the students / children feel safe again. Then more I thought about it, the more a story began to form in my mind. This is that story.


Endings

Endings

As writers, we all struggle with some aspect of writing. For some, it’s that first paragraph, for others it’s describing the scene just right. After talking to my fellow writers in The Write People, I realized what many of us have been struggling with lately: ending a novel length story.


Patterns

Patterns

Sometimes the simple tricks are the most helpful. Here's a little background to help explain what I mean by that. Back when I worked as a writing consultant at IPFW, I was taught several tricks for catching mistakes in a paper.