How To Develop Your Writing Voice


(Author’s Note: For June, July & August, this blog will be posting on Mondays & Thursdays only!) A writer’s voice is a complex, hard-to-describe thing. I think it could be compared to a rich cheese, a well-crafted symphony or a good wine. The complexities of each of these come from a variety of sources — […]

May 29, 2017

10 Ways To Make Your Words More Beautiful

Beautiful Words, Uncategorized

April is National Poetry Month. Today I celebrate beautiful words. Regardless of tastes, preferences or trends, I believe the beautiful calls to us. There is something inside of us that longs for symmetry, for rhythm, for thoughtful curves. Often we can appreciate delicate images that spurn our emotions, that bring out in us the good and […]

April 3, 2017

Even More Top Ten Emergency Writing Prompts for Nanowrimo!

#MondayBlogs, Craft, Creativity, Nanowrimo, Work-In-Progress, Writing Prompt

Last week I suggested ten emergency writing prompts for Nanowrimo. Here are 10 more! 1. Put your character in an actual emergency. Food allergies, car accident, flash flood, explosive plumbing, gas leak — none of these are planned. You don’t have to plan yours too. And even if it looks rather deux et machina -ish, don’t worry about […]

November 16, 2015

Why I Write: A Guest Post By Carolyn Astfalk

#WhyIWrite, Perils of a Mom Writer

I only recently pondered why I write. I simply knew that I had to write, so I did. My love affair with the written word started with clumsily-illustrated stories and spelling bees and grew to student newspapers in grade school, high school, and college. My affection for pen and ink led me to try my hand at calligraphy. During summer visits, I […]

June 24, 2015