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Writing Prompt Wednesday: Happy Birthday, Stephen King!

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September 21, 2016 · 7:47 am

A to Z Blogging Challenge: O, Observations

harriet the spyWhen I was a kid, one of my favorite books was Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy.  Harriet was an 11 year old writer who would wander around the neighborhood to her favorite hiding places and jot down her secret observations about everyone in a college ruled notebook.  She studies human nature and the predictable patterns people have. Sure, things take a disastrous turn when her secret notebook falls into the wrong hands…namely, anyone other than Harriet!  When her classmates read Harriet’s description of them in her notebook, they are horrified. Harriet is ousted from the group. She learns a hard lesson about truth and friendship and lying and secrets…all valuable messages for a budding writer.

I think I’m going to have to make a date with myself to sit in a coffee shop sometime soon, notebook open, and just record dialogue.  There’s a fun writing exercise I used to do with a writing pal – you find a location where you can overhear people’s conversations.  You each start off working on your projects, but when someone gives the signal, you start weaving in overheard dialogue in your story.  And then when someone gives another signal…you trade notebooks!   And you keep recording conversations or tuck in an object that you see in the room or an article of clothing someone’s wearing.  It’s a fun exercise to shake yourself out of a tough place or a manuscript that’s stuck for the moment.  Sometimes something will trigger something else…leading to a nugget of an idea that unravels a problem.

 

During April, I’m participating in The A to Z Blogging Challenging, blogging 26 days of the month on writing topics while systematically moving through the alphabet. The goal is to develop a more regular blogging habit and network with other bloggers.  Join us!

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A to Z Blogging Challenge: M, Mood

Yeah, this is pretty true for me…what about you?

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During April, I’m participating in The A to Z Blogging Challenging, blogging 26 days of the month on writing topics while systematically moving through the alphabet. The goal is to develop a more regular blogging habit and network with other bloggers.  Join us!

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A to Z Blogging Challenge: J, Journal

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Earlier this week, we went up to Concord to see David Sedaris.  I’ve blogged about that under “S”, which will be coming up eventually, but since today is “J” I’m going to hold off on my Sedaris comments.  It was a wonderful show, and he spent a portion of it reading bits of writing from a diary.  Sedaris said that he’s kept a diary for 40 years and quite honestly I felt kind of convicted when he said that, since I stopped keeping a journal years ago.

Most of my journals had tended to be a place to vent free-form, and I never re-read them.  In recent years, I haven’t used journals as a place to collect or develop story ideas, and yet, I remember when our older three kids were very young, I went through a time of non-creativity, just too mentally exhausted after caring for the kids to collect my thoughts about anything.  At that time, a friend recommended Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, which really unlocked a piece of me that I apparently had buried under everything else.  Sedaris’s words reminded me that any recent journal I’ve kept has been mostly to record macro-nutrients, calories burned, or miles walked, and any frustration related to my success or failure. Diaries consist of daily calendars filled with To Do lists that never quite get crossed off.  I was struck that Sedaris’s diary entries were just observations, and how I could imagine these smaller pieces being developed into something longer.

I think it’s probably time to crack open The Artist’s Way again and try to unlock some creativity that’s possibly getting buried under a busy –  though very good – life and find my way back to journaling again.

 

During April, I’m participating in The A to Z Blogging Challenging, blogging 26 days of the month on writing topics while systematically moving through the alphabet. The goal is to develop a more regular blogging habit and network with other bloggers.  Join us!

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A to Z Blogging Challenge: I, Ideas

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April 14, 2016 · 7:13 pm

Writing Prompt Wednesday: Sci Fi Story Prompt

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April 6, 2016 · 6:35 am

A to Z Challenge: Change

Day 3: Change

You all know about change, more than I can say.

From the great Judy Blume, consider this:

Change

 

During April, I’m participating in The A to Z Blogging Challenging, blogging 26 days of the month on topics that systematically move through the alphabet. The goal is to develop a more regular blogging habit and network with other bloggers.  Join us!

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