Creative writing

Small changes

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Hello, Write Edge readers! I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend. Winter continues to keep us in its firm grasp here in Central Illinois. It’s a good excuse to write and read.

Many of you regular readers may have noticed a post missing last week. Rest assured, I haven’t forgotten about it. In fact, I’ve been thinking about it quite a bit. The fact that I’ve missed Friday’s Growth Chart posts with some regularity made me realize it might be time for a small change to that particular arm of The Write Edge. But more on that later this week.

For now, we start our week with motivation for our life’s passions. While this famous author was speaking directly to authors, I think it’s safe to say that his intention can be translated to any heart-deep goal you pursue. Whatever that goal might be, you have to reach for it from every level of yourself. To that end:

“The writer’s individual humanity, his word or gesture toward the world, has to appear almost like a character that makes contact with the reader.”—Truman Capote

It’s not the last Monday of the month, but it is the last Monday of February where I’ll post new fiction. I promised stories about love this month, and that’s what I’ve tried to give you. Today’s short piece is no exception. Here’s a snippet:

I preferred to sit so I could dive into one of the books that had made its way from a pile in my apartment to my messenger bag. Before opening the book to my marked page, however, I always looked at him once. Just once. Did he like to read? I wondered. What kind of books would he read if he did?

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

In the middle of the week, you’ll get a brand new book review. I’ll let you know what I thought of the new release Immoral Code by Lillian Clark. Check out my thoughts this Wednesday on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

And, yes, there actually will be a new Growth Chart this Friday, along with a small change to how the posts come. Come back for all of that at the end of the week on Growth Chart!

Have a wonderful week, readers, and do stay warm!



Book review up — writers, this one’s for you!

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! I’ve posted my latest book review for you, and today this one’s in a category close to my heart. Today I’m reviewing The Emotional Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, 2nd Edition by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. As might be obvious from the title, this isn’t a novel or fiction. It’s for those of us who create fiction, who look forward to spending time in worlds we’ve invented with people only we can see to better explore and explain the human experience.

In other words, writers.

Here’s an excerpt of my review:

Unlike the first edition, this version of The Emotion Thesaurus also comes with a quick primer at the front of the book. Writers will find this little resource handy when they want easy tips about how dialogue can convey emotion and the importance of subtext. They can also come to the front of the book for help with brainstorming new approaches to familiar feelings or how to conduct research into their characters to use emotions to make them three-dimensional.

Find the whole review now on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Have a wonderful day, readers!


The week of love!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! Here we are, in the week of love. I encourage each and every one of you to reach out to someone you love this week and tell them so. It certainly doesn’t have to be a romantic love. The deep-seated caring shared between siblings, parents and children, and even friends can often mean just as much (and sometimes more) as that you share with a romantic partner.

It may seem a little silly to say so, but extend some of that love to yourself too. In this day and age, it’s easy to get discouraged. We hear of atrocities and shenanigans on the news, and we wonder just what it’s all about. What’s the point of making efforts, especially creative ones, if the loudest thing in the world is negativity?

Creative endeavors are needed now more than ever, and that means those of us in creative fields are needed now more than ever. We’re known for our neurotic approach to life: crumbling under self-doubt one moment, puffed up and preening like peacocks the next. This week’s inspirational quote definitely speaks to this:

“You wouldn’t be an artist if you didn’t feel somewhere in your heart that you’re better than everybody else and you’re going to blow them away. ”—T. Coraghessan Boyle

Maybe dialing down the arrogance is a good idea, but hang on to that self-confidence with your fingernails. It’s invaluable. As is love.

To that end, I’ve posted this week’s short fiction. Because it’s a micro piece, I can’t post an excerpt. I can tell you, however, that you can find it on The Write Edge Writing Workshop now!

Speaking of love, Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, founders of Writers Helping Writers, believe in giving back to the community they love: writers. The second edition of their popular The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression releases next week. I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced reviewer’s copy of the thesaurus. Come back Wednesday to The Write Edge Bookshelf to find out what I thought about it!

Of course, at the end of the week we’ll go back to a feature that so many of you love: Growth Spurts. Find out on Friday on Growth Chart what the kids and I have been up!

Have a wonderful day and week, readers!