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Writing Craze

As some of you know, I have begun taking online classes in pursuit of my MFA in Creative Writing. This endeavor has pushed me to write a LOT this summer. The summer is half gone, but I have written a chapter of Aloha Spirit, started a new flying horse book, written a short story and… Continue reading Writing Craze

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Emotion in Narrative

At the beginning of the school year, I teach Personal Narrative. Students who are reluctant writers always do well in this unit because Everyone Has a Story. They learn how to take a memory with impact and turn it into a story that can impact a reader. To begin, I ask students to remember an… Continue reading Emotion in Narrative

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Writing Great Beginnings

"When I used to teach creative writing, I would tell the students to make their characters want something right away even if it's only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaninglessness of modern life still have to drink water from time to time." --Kurt Vonnegut The beginning of a story is critically important. … Continue reading Writing Great Beginnings

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Show Me How You Feel

Writing teachers pace the front of the room and throw up their hands.  With great enthusiasm they proclaim, "You must SHOW your reader, not TELL them!" Yes, that particular writing teacher is/was me.  Then I had a student ask, "But aren't we TELLING a story?" No, you aren't.  Telling a story is something you do… Continue reading Show Me How You Feel