Music in Your Words

“If you do not hear music in your words, you have put too much thought into your writing and not enough heart.” – Terry Brooks, from ‘Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from A Writing Life.’

Found this quote in a book I bought this week from my favourite local secondhand bookstore. The bookstore is closing at the end of the month.… Read the rest

The Haunted House

“Your house is your larger body. It grows in the sun and sleeps in the stillness of the night; and it is not dreamless.” Kahlil Gibran

Although this is meant as an inspiring quote, when I read it I hear the making of a great horror story in my mind. Creepy houses are just so… spooky.… Read the rest

A Little Touchy Today?

When was the last time you touched someone, deliberately?

We are affected by touch. A little smack when you’re making a pest of yourself. A light touch as a friend lets you know she is there. A real hug from someone you haven’t seen in awhile. Touch is sensual and intimate and more personal than other forms of communication because it gets onto your skin.… Read the rest

Reasons for a Writer to Keep a Blog

Jane at Writers Digest writes about the purpose in starting a blog before you have a book or your own writing of another kind, to promote.

What do you put on your site or blog when you have no book?
Here’s a starter list of ideas. Keep in mind you don’t have to blog. A site can work as a business card until you have a need or an idea to add more content/interactivity.

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Speech Crafting

A speech is to be heard rather than read. In writing a speech you need to keep this in mind. Write using vivid, concrete words to create a clear, vibrant picture for everyone listening. It must also use sentence structure designed for listening, don’t let your words sink into a monotone pattern which your audience will fall asleep to.… Read the rest

I Lay Me Down

A high school teacher made me afraid of the word “lay”. I have always avoided using this word. It isn’t hard to just change around my sentence structure or change the action so that nothing is lying or laying about. But, it is still a word that I knew, one day, I had to deal with.… Read the rest

The Madness of Doing

“We must stand firm between two kinds of madness: the belief that we can do anything; and the belief that we can do nothing.” – Alain,  translated by Robert D. and Jane T. Cottrell.

Where do you fit in on believing you can do anything or feeling you can’t? I know people who feel they can do anything, if they want to do it or try to do it.… Read the rest

Sunset and Sunrise for Photography

A photo taken at sunset or sunrise is almost always beautiful. The time of day gives even an ordinary scene a special glow, a dramatic setting. Plan and consider a photo you will take at either sunset today or sunrise tomorrow. Take the day to think about it, pick through ideas and locations. Even if you have a busy and chaotic day you always have a moment while you ride the elevator, stop for lunch, some bit of time when planning your photo would give you a creative break in the day.… Read the rest