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Write Experiments
George Floyd Protest Sign: It is a privilege to educate your self about racism instead of experiencing it.
In Write Experiment 5 in Sit Write Share, I suggest that people collect story seeds  A story seed is a brief note of an experience that can later turn into a written story. In this piece originally posted in 2020, I have sprouted several story seeds to illustrate something important to me:  the need to...
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That is my story
Why does it make sense for you to write about your own life?  It’s one way to create a legacy that future generations will value.  If writing for young children, it’s a way to make sure they know you, no matter what happens. Life can be uncertain.  Let me show you what I mean with...
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Change-free Zone
Let’s say that you’ve finished a first draft. You put it aside for a day or two, and now you are ready to edit.  Start with strategic editing, reading for the entire effect of the piece.  One way to do this is to read the entire piece from beginning to end without making any changes...
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Sources to imitate creatively
What comes to mind when you hear the word “imitation” in the context of writing?  Do you think of plagiarism? Lack of creativity?  What if instead you thought of creating by imitating as a way to avoid reinventing the wheel?  Using good structures that others have polished just makes  your own creativity go even further. ...
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Podcast announcement
I had the great honor and pleasure to be invited to The Purpose Girl podcast for a podcast on writing. Carin Rockind asked me questions about how to get writing done and out the door.  Carin shared that writing a book is one of her dreams.  We talked about ways she could find time and...
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Picture book sailin gship
Do you find it hard to get started writing because the words aren’t perfect as they appear on the page? Do you find yourself erasing almost as many as you write? Do you keep redoing things over and over and never finish? Perhaps it’s time to set your inner perfectionism aside. Several experiments in Sit...
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Making it harder: Sisyphus rock
Last night, I asked someone who really wants to write but hasn’t been getting it done, “Are you making writing harder than it needs to be?” She thought that summed up her situation, so we spent our time together exploring ways that she could make it easier. Writing can be liberating and exhilarating, but not...
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Typing Just Get Started
In my writers’ workshops, I keep coming up against the same problem.  Participants apologize that they have nothing to submit this time.  Some mention staring at a screen and having their minds go blank. All have succeeded at writing before, but they can’t get past writer’s block now. In Sit Write Share, Write Experiment 10...
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