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Deep breaths, in and out

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Hello, Write Edge readers! We’re in the last full week of September; can you believe it? The first part of this year limped along, and then we got into the taffy-stretchy days of summer. As fall officially begins tomorrow, we’re in the last stretch of 2020. Is anyone else letting out a slow exhale?

Be that as it may, there are still plenty of good things to look forward to for this last part of the year. It’s hard to imagine, isn’t it? I mean, in a year that includes a pandemic and the deaths of civil rights leaders (among so many others) as well as a major economic downturn, you might be wondering where the good is.

Maybe, though, if we look for the good things, we’ll find them in unexpected places. Even an act of kindness, where a car lets you pass when it had the right of way, could be a good thing. This week’s motivational quote refers, in an indirect way, to the many efforts of people pursuing life passions. It might feel like you can’t get something right, but…

“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.”—Drew Houston

Speaking of good things, I’m doing another workshop for our local library. This time I’m talking about character development — what questions to ask and how to use those questions to write rich characters. Sign up for the Oct. 7 workshop on Zoom right here!

Speaking of characters, I went back to the prompt I’d chosen for last week’s short story and wrote it. All of the characters in this short piece made an impression on me. Here’s an excerpt:

His world changed on a Tuesday afternoon from a warm, muted place to one where the cold slapped him in the rear.

Sounds rushed at him from all sides; most he didn’t recognize. One he did. He wished he could get closer to that sound, but then it gained distance from him at a rapid pace. He sucked in a breath at the shock of it all and let loose a howl.

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

In the middle of the week, I’ll come back with another book review. This time I’m sharing my thoughts on The White Coat Diaries by Madi Sinha. Come back this Wednesday to The Write Edge Bookshelf to find out what I thought about this new release!

And this Friday, on our last Friday of the month, I’m returning with new parenting adventures. Find out what the kids and I have been up to on Growth Chart!

Stay safe, stay social distant, and wear a mask. Have a fantast week, readers!

E.R.G.

New addition to Notes on Tuesday!

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Happy Tuesday, Write Edge readers! I know, strange to see me on a Tuesday. I apologize for not posting yesterday. It was a good day with a lot of tasks that got completed, but I couldn’t fit in the time to post my latest short story or this week’s motivational quote for you. Next week, I promise.

In the meantime, I wanted to share my latest addition to my semi-regular feature Notes on Tuesday. Last week I did another workshop for our local library, this time all about where to begin if you want to write short stories. Here are the abridged notes to the talk I did for you to read, study, and share. (They’re abridged only because I took out all of the chit-chat and some of the long examples I normally use in these workshops, for the sake of brevity.) If you’re interested in attending future workshops, let me know! I have another one coming up in next month on building characters, and if the library will have me back next year I’m sure I’ll do more for them.

Although my week has gotten off to a slow start here on the blog, I’m rolling full steam ahead for the rest of the week. That means a new book review tomorrow. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on Alison Stine’s literary novel Road Out of Winter. Be sure to check that out on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Then on Friday it’s back to Instagram. Have you seen fall colors yet anywhere near you? I’ll try to scout some in and around town here in Central IL. We’ll find out together on Friday whether I was successful at finding anything! 😀

Have a great week, readers. And thoughts of strength and togetherness to those on the West Coast and the Gulf Coast as they battle the wildfires and hurricanes.

Stay healthy, stay hydrated, stay safe!

E.R.G.