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True Confessions: Help Needed

“You’ve given us all lots of great ideas … but what can we do for you? How can we help you with your writing?” Last night I attended a “mini-writers’ group” gathering which focuses on nonfiction, especially creative nonfiction. Others at the meeting shared about their writing and/or passed out copies to get advice, and we … Continue reading

editing humour / humour / inspiration for writing

Humorous Quotes About Writing

I’ve been collecting examples of writing and editing humour, and thought I’d post some writing jokes here to give you a chuckle! (If you have other great examples, let me know and I’ll add them to the list, too). “Edit your manuscript until your fingers bleed and you have memorized every last word. Then, when you … Continue reading

flash fiction / inspiration for writing / writing prompts

Kinds of Flash Fiction

My last post introduced the type of writing called “Flash Fiction.” Today I’m going to provide a list of different sorts of flash fiction and some sites worth checking out. If you’re looking for daily writing “prompts” that are short and quick but also provide opportunity for developing strong writing skills, flash fiction is a … Continue reading

flash fiction / inspiration for writing / writing prompts

Flash Fiction and other Quick Writes

Flash fiction focuses on small but telling moments of life, and every word, every sentence, even the title, matters. A character’s essence is revealed through small hints. Suspense is built by what is left out, letting the reader fill in the gaps. Show only the top 10 percent of your story, using suggestiveness to let … Continue reading

art and writing / inspiration for writing

Writing Inspiration from the Visual Arts

When the “writers’ muse” seems to have flown away, those lists of “writing prompts” just aren’t doing it for you, and the weather is too nasty to head outdoors for inspiration, you can always draw from (pardon the pun!) the visual arts–sketches, paintings, sculpture, photography, cartooning, film and more. Here are some inspirational ideas to … Continue reading