Making art meaningful

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! With longer days come longer hours to enjoy the beautiful sunsets, and we get some gorgeous dusk-scapes here in Central Illinois. Everyone sees something different in those breathtaking moments, and often as I look at the pre-twilight colors streaking across the sky I think about how I might describe them for readers. After all, art is about finding purpose in different aspects of life. The challenge for a word artist like me is to make it meaningful for others while retaining the unique quality of a phrase or paragraph, which is certainly not easy. For more on this, go now to “A Writer’s Heartbeats.”

I’ve posted this week’s short fiction for you, and it was a challenging, albeit short, piece for me to get through. I’m not a big fan of conflict in real life, but it’s the engine for most stories. It’s what makes most stories go. Here’s an excerpt of this week’s story:

“I’m saying…I’m saying…I don’t think…all right, it was wrong. I was wrong. I get that, and I take complete ownership of it. But—”

“There’s no ‘but’ when you take ownership for something. You just do it, and that’s it. You don’t get to qualify what you said by adding a disclaimer.”

Read the whole story now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

In the middle of the week, I’ll have a new book review for you. As we’re getting closer to the official start of summer, more books get published with a summery feel to them. This week’s book is no exception. Find out what I thought about Someone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman on Wednesday on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

No writing prompts this Thursday since we’ll have our monthly writers showcase next week, but I’ll definitely have brand new Spurts to share on Friday on Growth Chart!

Have a fantastic week, readers!


Latest parenting adventures posted!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! I’ve posted my latest parenting adventures. Today I share with you what happens when a parent can’t manage the fallout from disappointment. Here’s an excerpt:

I held my breath for the few days before we found out they’d both moved up. I knew Ten had a pretty good shot of making it. Eight’s moving up was more of a wild card.

Read the whole Chart now on Growth Chart!


Short story ideas now up!

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! I’ve posted the writing prompts I’m considering for next week’s short story. They include time travel and dealing with grief. Want to know more? Read the full prompts now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

Have a great day, readers!