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Posts tagged ‘Writers Resources’

Where is my mind?

Answer: On paper. When chatting with Peggy, I realized how old-fashioned I am. I keep most of my thoughts, to-dos and writing on paper, either typed or written in pen. Peggy uses her computer and phone, in other words, technology, to keep track of things. In order to remember things I have to write them […]

Bernadette Meyer’s Writing Experiments

Bernadette Meyer is an avant-guard poet associated with the New York school of poets. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/bernadette-mayer http://www.nytimes.com/books/00/06/04/specials/koch-ny.html I recently discovered her list of journal and writing experiment ideas:   PEPC LIBRARY Bernadette Mayer’s List of Journal Ideas: Journals of: * dreams * food * finances * writing ideas * love * ideas for architects * city […]

Bernadette Meyer's Writing Experiments

Bernadette Meyer is an avant-guard poet associated with the New York school of poets. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/bernadette-mayer http://www.nytimes.com/books/00/06/04/specials/koch-ny.html I recently discovered her list of journal and writing experiment ideas:   PEPC LIBRARY Bernadette Mayer’s List of Journal Ideas: Journals of: * dreams * food * finances * writing ideas * love * ideas for architects * city […]

The Evolution of a Story pt 1

I have multiple novels in various stages. Sometimes I have a basic idea, but not enough for characters or plot. I always write these down anyways. If I’m bored, I’ll pull up my idea file and see if any of the bits and pieces will work together. I want to share with you the notes […]

Farewell, Ray

The writing world lost one of its most gifted writers when Ray Bradbury passed away on June 6th. He was one of my literary heroes. Not only could he captivate me with strong story lines and amazing characters from his brilliant imagination, his style reads to me like poetry. It has a magical quality to […]

Make Visible: Story a Day

It’s almost May… On the Story a Day website it boldly says: StoryADay.org is home to an annual Extreme Writing Challenge: Write a story every day in May. Still confused.  Want more info.  Here are “The Rules” from StoryADay.org. The Rules You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. ~Ray Bradbury The […]

How 750 words Freed Me

Today I’m going to share with you my favorite tool for dealing with writers block. You may already be familiar with Morning Pages. This started with Julia Cameron, creator of The Artist’s Way. “Morning Pages are three pages of longhand writing, strictly stream-of-consciousness.” The idea is to, first thing in the morning, get out a […]

Musical Chairs: On Writing Groups

Last time on Mary’s Expression, I posted about a famous writing group, The Inklings. Since then, Anne has written about how to find your own creative tribe. Today, I’m going to share my own experiences with writing groups. Finding a good writing group is hard. Joining a new group is like musical chairs. You’re circling, […]

Inklings and Writing Groups

Did you know that some famous fantasy writers were part of a writing group? The Inklings was a group of literary enthusiasts who encouraged writing fantasy. The four most prominent members were C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and Owen Barfield. Other frequent members included Tolkien’s son Christopher, C.S. Lewis’ older brother Warren, Roger Lancelyn […]

To Market, to Market- Sending Out Your Poetic Babies

So you’ve written a poem. Congratulations and job well done! But now what? Time to polish your work till it gleams like a new copper penny, and send it out into the world. Editing is important, as there is always a better, fresher way to word your thoughts,  fix up a place where the rhythm […]

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