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Let's Talk! Adding Dialogue To Your Story

Adding dialogue to a story allows your characters a chance to speak for themselves. Characters who speak for themselves are more engaging to the reader because dialogue brings out personality. 464 more words

Craft Of Writing

the next writer in the series: may 1, 2014

In  The Writing Life, Annie Dillard wrote,

I have been looking into schedules. Even when we read physics, we inquire of each least particle, What then shall I do this morning? 

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I water it once a week

I write poems at almost the same interval.

A sprinkle of water

A short, easy poem.

Just enough

To keep things alive

For another week.

The Silenced Story

In a response to last week’s post about MFA vs. NYC, a commenter who goes by the avatar Joplingirl noted that, “Finding a voice is inherently about bringing to the page a silenced story.” I love that idea, and the thought has been returning to me occasionally since, no doubt because of the number of stories I’ve been reading for… 303 more words



I cherish the solitude which comes
with writing, imagining myself
in a garden, or woods—hours
of silence and the privacy of letters—
I am grateful for the peace and… 56 more words


The Art of the Nonfiction Book Proposal

photo by Leo Michael

Finished a fiction proposal, then a non-fiction proposal, sent both to my agent then just returned from a writer’s conference, (that’s me walking down the hallway to a session) With proposal zoomed off from the agent to the publishers, said a prayer, took a deep breath, and now I’m moving on to the next project. 1,310 more words

Holly Michael

Some videos of me teaching...yes, I swear they are learning!!

I love my job.

Besides writing stories and books, I teach essay and creative writing to a handful of students. In one of my groups, a high school essay class, we worked on several different types of essays. 167 more words