Getting to the End

Ok, so I’m now within spitting distance of the end of my novel almost 40,000 words and now I get to finally write the conclusion that I have spent so long building to. Is this book my masterpiece? No..No it isn’t. But…I love this book not because it is some Great work of literary fiction but because I needed to write it. I needed it to get out all of my thoughts and feelings about my past, my ex boyfriends and myself. Yet… I have written a book in which I die and the guys of my past live happily … Continue reading Getting to the End

Diversity in Writing

Last week we spent quite a long time talking about how to use diversity “correctly” in our writing. All to often when we try to be inclusive we end up being judged as pandering, detrimental to the cause or just plain wrong and even offensive to the group we are trying to convey. We went over using race, economic background, disability, sex, religion, cultural differences and more but one thing we did touch on was age. Writing about an age that you aren’t anymore of haven’t been yet can be very difficult. As someone creeping slowly toward “middle age” it … Continue reading Diversity in Writing

What About Us

A poem I wrote in 2007- April 14, 2007 What about us? The reason why we search for love is simple. We want to be exceptional to someone, Even if the world can’t see out specialness We want someone who can. We need someone to think we’re important And to miss us when we’ve gone away. we cling to that person who thinks more of us them we do of ourselves but the world neglects us, rejects us, deflects us. So I have to know- What about those of us who are not exceptional, great or special? The normal, hum-drum, … Continue reading What About Us

The Poetry is Coming

Hello Creative Writer, April is National Poetry Month so lets get the poetry flowing. If you’re like me then poetry might not be your strong suit. You might even feel as though this is a genre that is completely and utterly for other people, magical people who can make their poems feel touching rather than cheesy and eloquent instead of childish. When I was a very young writer I started out writing poetry and I was unafraid. I was fearless because I wasn’t judging myself against anyone else. I hadn’t read an epic poem; I’d never even dived into the … Continue reading The Poetry is Coming

A Conversation About Publishing

Hello Creative Writer, During the Spring break there have been no meetings but that hasn’t kept us from having writing on our minds. We have been working diligently on our Prompts but Nick also posed a question to the group… Nick: “Hey, If a writer is beginning their writing career, where do they inquire about finding an editor for their manuscript,or who edits manuscripts for new writers? Thanks.” Heather: “That is an interesting question.” Vinzeal: “Locally, I use Ron Fisher to edit my stuff. Depending on the material, he would charge less than half the national average. I know for novels … Continue reading A Conversation About Publishing

The New Age of Writing

I was just reading an article about how the invention of the Ball Point Pen changed the world of writing and how a remarkable amount of people are now deciding to go back to Fountain Pens.  For me.. I love the act of writing in whatever form it may take but the invention the the Ball point pen wasn’t a bad one. It gave us the ability to keep our pages cleaner, not to have to worry about spills or smudges and you don’t need to refill them because they are mostly disposable and last a surprisingly long time. For … Continue reading The New Age of Writing

Work Shopped Story Revision

Thomasa Pridgen Feb 2019 Love Story for Creative Writing Workshop He touched her arm and she could instantly feel the heat. She craved his touch so it wasn’t that she didn’t like, she did- a lot, but she could feel herself start to boil and she wondered if he would notice, if he could read the thoughts racing though her mind. She imagined him grabbing her and pulling her into him and the thought made her smile. She looked into his eyes knowing that if he never let go she would simply float away and somehow she’d be perfectly happy … Continue reading Work Shopped Story Revision

5 Things To Do After Writing A Book — R. Michael

So, you wrote a book, now what? Well, that is only the beginning of the journey. The first step out of the Shire. What is there besides publishing? I’m glad you asked hypothetical person! While this is no means extensive, the list below should give you a good starting place. 1. Research publishing options. Publishing […] via 5 Things To Do After Writing A Book — R. Michael Continue reading 5 Things To Do After Writing A Book — R. Michael

Happy Valentine’s Day

Hello Creative Writer, Happy Valentine’s Day! This was always one of my favorite holidays because as a kid you got to have a party in school. Everyone brought in valentine’s and treats and you got to exchange them.  Every year my mother bought me a pretty new dress; usually red or pink and covered in hearts to wear and it was pure fun. As difficult as it might be to believe, this holiday of love and kindness actually stems from a violent and horrific past. The Catholic Church honored two men, both named Valentine, who were both executed by Emperor … Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day