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Lists can help!

Posted on Sep 9, 2015. See more in Writing Promps

Lists can often unlock us, break the writer’s block.  Short of time – write for only 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes. Number from one to ten on your page. List all the kitchens you remember. Now let one of them beckon you to tell a story. What happened there? (Include sight, sound, taste,...

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Clustering

Posted on Sep 9, 2015. See more in Writing Promps

I’m into “clustering” these days (see review on Writing the Natural Way under Good Books/Non-fiction). This is Gabriele Rico’s method of starting with one word or one phrase – circling it – and then spinning off whatever comes to mind, words, phrases, whatever. But each time you do, encircle the word and connect it to the word before it with a...

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More Ted Kooser

Posted on Sep 9, 2015. See more in Encouragement

“You sit with your notebook, and after a while something begins to interest you. The poet William Stafford described it as being like fishing: you throw out your line and wait for a little tug. Maybe all you get is a minnow, three or four words that seem to have a little magic, and even that can be enough to get writing started. And a minnow can be pretty...

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On Writing Memoirs

Posted on Sep 9, 2015. See more in Encouragement

For those of you writing memoirs this encouragement : “The longing to tell one’s story and the process of telling is symbolically a gesture of longing to recover the past in such a way that one experiences both a sense of reunion and a sense of release.” bell hooks (as cited in Marry Your Muse by Jan Phillips  – p...

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Willa Cather says…

Posted on Sep 9, 2015. See more in Encouragement

This from Willa Cather: “What was any art but an effort to make a sheath, a mold in which to imprison for a moment the shining, elusive element which is life itself — life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose.”

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