January 26th, 2018

What Writers Can Learn From Song Lyrics

I was chatting with an old friend via email this morning, and we were discussing song lyrics. It’s a favorite topic of mine, because I’ve always wanted to write them. After all, they’re just a hugely abbreviated form of writing. Mini Flash Fiction, with poetry thrown in. Extreme write tight! 

If they can do this […]

September 15th, 2017

3 Steps for Using Tarot For Your Writing

Sierra Godfrey and Kasey Corbit 

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not in any way spiritual or mystical. I’m also a pretty dedicated plotter, with some pantser allowances. But I’m always on the lookout for useful writing and plotting tools.

Then, one day last spring, I attended a writer’s retreat among the redwoods on […]

June 23rd, 2017

Writing is Like Golf

Cathy Lamb

             This isn’t Cathy – but it could be…

I recently started golfing.My husband (nicknamed “Innocent Husband”  because the poor man can never be held responsible for what his wife says or writes), made me.

He has been hoping I would golf with him for over two […]

March 15th, 2017

Glass-blowing and Writing-How They’re Alike

A friend’s piece.

I thought I was going to make a blob-like paperweight, until Nate, our teacher, showed me a gorgeous straight-sided largish vase. He asked what color I’d like to make the glass, but I was so stunned by the piece he held in his hand, I couldn’t answer. “Or you could make […]

October 17th, 2016

Tips for Surviving the Agony and Ecstasy of NaNoWriMo

NaNoWrimo 2016

NaNoWriMo, for those of you who are unfamiliar with it, is National Novel Writing Month, where hundreds of thousands of writers gather to bang out many many words in a month. Many writers skip it and many writers treat it as a yearly pilgrimage to Writing Mecca.

NaNoWriMo is my birthday present to myself each […]