Ski slope. Roulette wheel. Writing Prompt

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In keeping with my goal to write more fiction without any pressure, structure or guidelines, here’s day two of short prompt writing. Join me in the same prompt, or even take my short piece of writing as a starting point to prompt your own story! Ski slope. Roulette wheel. Prompt from the Writing Prompts app, by Writing.com. She stared down the slope of sleek gleaming white with a mixture of awe and ragged, pounding terror. The night sky bloomed with stars, so many, like a woman flaunting a neck full of diamonds. When was the last time she’d seen so much sky, wide open and unencumbered by the boxed edges of suburbia? In her life back home, sky was an … Read More

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In an Orange Room: Writing Prompts and the New Year

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Wow, I haven’t blogged in a long time. A LONG time. I mean, I have been busy: I’ve spent the last three years turning a flailing freelance career into a full-time career, writing hundreds of articles, a couple books, and editing some manuscripts. But I’ve always always said: if you really want to write, you write. You find the time. I miss my fiction the most in the flurry of work, and though I’m not a big maker of New Year’s resolutions, I am a huge fan of dedicated writing practice, particularly inspired by #continuouspractice by Saundra Goldman. I aim to write a little tiny twinkle of fiction as many days of the year as possible. The guidelines will be … Read More

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See Your Life From a New Perspective: Renewal Retreat

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Why You Should Go to a Writing Conference…

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This past weekend I had a fantastic time speaking at the Writer’s Digest annual writing conference, in New York. They’ve been holding this conference for years, and it shows in its well-oiled unfolding and high caliber of presentations. It’s a pleasure to be there to speak, but I tell you, I still fondly remember the years when I attended writing conferences as an aspiring writer–the froth of excitement and nerves in my chest as I walked past authors I admired, agents I wanted to pitch, and so on.   In fact, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that there are a lot of wonderful reasons to go to conferences, and writers should be reminded why. The … Read More

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Revise for Publication CWC Workshop

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CALIFORNIA WRITERS CLUB–BERKELEY BRANCH Saturday, November 8, 2014. 10am  to 1pm. So you want to be published?  It’s been said that after the wild creative outpouring, the real writing happens in the art of revision.  Your best chance of attracting readers is through a strong “re-seeing” of your work, to craft the work so it appeals to readers of all stripes. Writers who learn to love revision are more likely to write publishable work that wins readers and leads to deeper satisfaction in the writer’s craft. This workshop will help any writer with the goal of publication learn to demystify key areas of revision, from the micro to the macro.  You can learn to enjoy revision by breaking it down … Read More

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