• Writing Tips: Why Do People Read? Or Not Read?

    I read for the adventure, to relax, to escape, and many other reasons. Why do you read? The same reasons? Others?

    I tripped over an interesting quote this month from the infamous Mark Twain: "The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read." Why do you suppose some people who have been gifted the knowledge to read don't use it much? Are they simply too busy? Are their eyes giving them fits? Something else?

    What do you think would encourage those people to read? Perhaps ...

  • Writing Tips: Support Each Other

    I am blessed with a wonderful and caring local writers' group. And I have been blessed to attend a few writers' conferences and befriend a few more writers. (Befriending is easy - go up, say "Hi," ask about what they write, and exchange contact info so you can stay in touch.) The befriending part is fairly easy. Supporting my fellow writers is pretty easy too.

    I read their work (not in a very timely fashion though thanks to my towering To Be Read pile), leave a review on ...

  • Writing Tips: Books and Tea

    See the picture the teacup and the stack of books? See the greenery behind and the shiny wooden tabletop? Imagine yourself sitting there. The warmth of the sunshine on your skin. The soft calls of the birds. The wind rustling the greenery and sharing the pleasant scent of growth. Pick a book from the pile, open to a favorite passage, and relax. The conscious part of the brain has done its share of the work for a while. Allow it and rest of your body a time out. Let the subconscious part relax to…

  • Writing Tips: Drawing on the Five Senses

    See the picture for this post? See the way the different blues and a sort of green hue play in the sky? Now imagine yourself standing at this snowfort somewhere in the far north. What do you feel? Does the cold bite at your fingers like a nervous hampster would? Can you smell anything? Maybe a stew of venison cooking over a fire? Or is your nose too stuffed up thanks to the cold? What about noise? Can you hear anything from the lights? Or perhaps there are wolves howling in the distance? May ...


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