Short story ideas for Monday!

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! I’ve posted the story prompts I’m considering for next week’s piece. They include a haunted church, a whiff of summer, and a mysterious disease. Want to read the full prompts? Read the full prompts now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

Have a great day, readers!


Two book reviews now up!

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! In a slight departure from my normal routine, I’m going to post both of my book reviews at the same time. One book is meant specifically for writers looking for inspiration and instruction. That book, Colum McCann’s Letters to A Young Writer has joined the reading list on The Write Edge Writing Workshop. Here’s an excerpt of my review:

A quick rundown of the table of contents reveals the nuts and bolts of writing: punctuation; dialogue; the importance of research; tackling structure; the cruciality of reading broadly; staying open to failure. In essay form, each letter may seem short, but writers shouldn’t let the lengths of the pieces deceive them. McCann makes sure to use every inch of space of every letter to drive home points that every writer needs to remember.

Find more on the book here on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

The second book review today is for general readers. I’m sharing what I thought of Textrovert by Lindsey Summers. Here’s an excerpt:

When a shy high school senior accidentally switches phones with a football star, she gets more than a week-long text exchange. The teen finds out she can be funny and outgoing and all the things she imagined only other girls embodied. As she finds out, however, people can only reveal the truth about themselves when they’re actually face to face.

Read the whole review now on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Have a fantastic week, readers!


Looking forward to grace

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! I want to wish all my readers in the U.S. an early Happy Independence Day. It’s easy to get discouraged by the news on a daily basis, but in spite of all that we read, hear, and see, we still live in an amazing country. In spite of all the negativity, there is still room in our country for creativity — and grace — to grow. Don’t forget that.


You may wonder why I mentioned “grace.” It’s because grace is necessary in so many things. It requires patience and time. It can fuel a variety of pursuits. For more on this, go now to this week’s motivational quote on “A Writer’s Heartbeats.”

Sometimes we need to allow ourselves a measure of grace, especially when we’re pursuing our life’s passions. That’s what I’ve done today, despite the mild chagrin I still feel at doing so. In a sharp departure from what I normally write, I posted a poem today. Poetry is definitely not a strength of mine, but writing instructors often encourage writers to pursue subjects outside their favorite genres to help themselves stretch. Check out my efforts at stretching now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

On Wednesday I’ll share two new book reviews with you. First, find out what I thought of Colum McCann’s Letters to A Young Writer. Then I’ll share my thoughts on the YA novel Textrovert by Lindsey Summers. Find both reviews in the middle of the week on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

This Thursday it’s back to writing prompts for Monday’s fiction/writing, and on Friday I share my latest parenting adventures on planning a birthday party in my latest Growth Chart.

Have a fantastic week, readers, and don’t forget to show someone a measure of grace today.