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Reading & Writing Poetry #1

I’ve decided to launch a new series on my blog about reading and writing poetry. Each post will feature a poem – mine or maybe (if I can persuade them to) another poet’s – followed by a brief explanation of how it came to be written. 706 more words

Creative Writing

Helping students express authorial presence

We have all read the thesis or dissertation chapter where there is no frame narrative, no explanatory container.

In such cases it can feel like the writer has done a good job of marshaling sources but has not yet figured out how to talk… 320 more words

The halfway point

Just a short post to mark the passing of the half way point of NaNoWriMo, and a few musings I have had so far. This isn’t about word counting (mainly because I’m well below the target number for this point in the proceedings, though I did say when I started I would be happy with getting even half of 50,000 – a target which, I’m happy to say, I feel confident I will surpass very soon.) 281 more words

Writing Techniques

Timed Writing

Sometimes when I’m writing, the words just don’t want to come to me. I try to keep writing through those times. I use a variety of methods to get the words out. 443 more words

Writing Techniques

A is for Author 

Years ago, teaching writing classes and coaching new talent convinced me that my entry-level writers couldn’t find access to enough feedback. There’s a number of reasons for this, not least of which is how subjective it all is. 261 more words

New Writer Help, Writing Advice, Fiction Writing How-to


It’s a pretty common practice for authors to select keywords and then forget about them. Okay, keywords done, now on to the important stuff.

Big mistake. 294 more words

New Writer Help


I have one helluva story idea. It’s about a guy who is sent undercover to a ladies strip club–

No, that isn’t it. It’s really about this ex-military guy who’s never managed a long-term relationship with a woman, and he– 439 more words

New Writer Help