Tag Archives: Writing Exercises

How Bad is Your First Draft?

My continuing process of what to keep and what to let go, what to work on and what to toss, has brought me full circle back to writing.  I’ve heard it said that if you are a writer you live … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About VOICE

Physical voice, personality voice, writer’s voice, character’s voice, artist’s voice – all coming out of the same person – but are they all the same? About six years ago, I took several writing classes including a year of novel-writing.  The … Continue reading

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Sunflowers and Other Tidbits

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted… and it’s been awhile since I’ve painted.  Remember all the little watercolor sketches and the joy energy? I thought I would write some updates to my life. Update #1:  Organizing at a feverish pitch, … Continue reading

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Classics: Writing for Children

Do you have a favorite children’s book:  One that you read over and over or had your parent read over and over to you when you were a child? I ran across an article in my “Save and Read” pile … Continue reading

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Update: Na No:Characters & more

Some of you might wonder what happened to the 25,000-plus-words-Na No-challenge-novel I wrote in October.  Well, I have been busy trying to bring into focus the characters, especially children, in my novel. Read this old book from my great-aunt’s belongings … Continue reading

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Fruitflesh: Identifying Marks

I woke up this morning thinking about voice and about a movie I enjoyed last night.  On Fridays, Sister #1 and I often meet at a local “art theatre” where out-of-the-mainstream movies appear.  Peace, Love and Misunderstanding with Jane Fonda is … Continue reading

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Fruitflesh: Scent Exercises

Orange grove in blossom, peach tree in the sun, apple orchard heavy with fruit:  Can you smell the fruit?    Gayle Brandeis gives the following scent exercises in her book Fruitflesh. Describe the following: the scent of sanctity in a church; … Continue reading

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Fruitflesh

I want to talk about a book that I am exploring, Fruitflesh by Gayle Brandeis.  It’s described as “seeds of inspiration for women who write” and it has been on my bookshelf, unopened, for several years now.  Although I’ve attempted … Continue reading

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Layers of Noise

An exercise in observation: Sitting at an airport on February 26th, I was waiting for my flight home.  Airports are a great place to people watch and I jotted down mini character sketches of clothes and hair styles.  I started making a list … Continue reading

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Autumn Orange

Here’s my attempt at some flash fiction. This exercise came via CB  Wentworth’s blog (www.cbwentworth.wordpress.com)  via “Campaign Challenge #1/Fourth Writers Platform Building Campaign” (www.rachaelharrie.blogspot.com).    The parameters are:  *200 words or less, *begin with the words Shadows crept along the wall, use the … Continue reading

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