Month: September 2010

Owen’s Prompts

At the end of the school year last year, Owen brought home the writing journal that he kept for his second grade class. I didn’t know that he kept a writing journal, so I was interested to read his work. And how pleasantly surprised I was! He totally cut loose as far as story goes.…

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300

Whoa. This is post #300. That sounds like a really big number to me. In honor of this momentous occasion (Momentous for me–I’m sure there’re many bloggers out there going: “Well, you don’t write too much do you?) I think that today I’ll talk about a piece of legislation that is 300 years old and…

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Mentor of the Month: Sherman Alexie: Genre Mix-Ups as a Way to Expand Your Audience

In War Dances, Sherman Alexie won prestige by mixing up poetry and short stories and a whole host of other writerly things. He’s written for teens and adults. He’s written poetry, short stories, novels, and he’s mixed up subject matters in those (an Indian serial killer for one!). He did follow the advice many agents…

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Going for something new, nerves

Nervous this morning. I’ll be talking with my school advisor today about what I need to do to go for an MFA in writing. Mostly I’m worried because this last decade has been a crazy one. Children were born, marriages made and dissolved and made again. There was a bout with depression that directly impacted…

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Books on Writing: Yes and No

Writing books are an interesting niche market. Writers, by their nature, are readers and reading about writing seems really close to actually writing itself–after all, we’re working on improving our craft, right? Yes and no. Yes–books on writing teach us different ways to approach this writing gig. After all, it’s easy to say “Just Write.”…

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