Category Archives: The Working Writer

23 Prompts for Revising

Author Joyce Carol Oates says, “The pleasure is the rewriting.” Author John Irving says, “More than a half, maybe as much as two-thirds of my life as a writer is rewriting. I wouldn’t say I have a talent that’s special. It strikes me that I have an unusual kind of stamina.” I enjoy revising and…Continue Reading

Clearing the Fog, Savoring the Mystery

[The following is based on the opening of my book Creative Writing DeMystified] Dear Writing It Real Members, I like the following two quotes because they help me think about what it feels like to write poetry, personal essays and fiction: Things are not all so comprehensible and expressible as one would mostly have us…Continue Reading

Create a Good Climate for Story Growing

As I connect with my co-author Christi Killien Glover and plan a rendezvous in Sitka, Alaska this summer, I am remembering the fun we had writing the letters that became Writing in a Convertible with the Top Down. Those were the days when we lived in neighboring towns and our letters were the old fashioned mailed ones. In this…Continue Reading