Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Interview with Poet, David Budbill — Part II

We're talking with accomplished poet, novelist, playwright, and essayist, David Budbill. Check out Part I of this interview for a discussion on David's poetic beginnings, as well as to hear about how his life experiences influenced his writing.  And now, Part II... ********** Amanda: Let's talk about your upcoming collection, HAPPY LIFE. The title, at least, sounds like this is a work of positive… Continue reading Interview with Poet, David Budbill — Part II

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Keep Your Writing Real — Not Really Boring

  So, you've written a short story or novel...yay, you! It's grammatically correct, historically accurate, shows not tells, and is incredibly -- boring.  Simply getting from A to Z in a coherent line does not a masterpiece make. The red ink I've encountered over the years has taught me a couple of things: #1) A story… Continue reading Keep Your Writing Real — Not Really Boring

Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Where You Need to Be to Write a True Story — Guest Post by Keija Parssinen

Today's post comes to you from novelist and poet, Keija Parssinen. I think you'll find that her writing drips of intelligence and vivid, honest images, with prose that often reads like poetry.  ********** Where You Need to Be to Write a True Story It’s hard to get inspired in Missouri in the winter. Everything is the color of dirty dish water—the sky, the leafless trees,… Continue reading Where You Need to Be to Write a True Story — Guest Post by Keija Parssinen

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About Doors on Books, and Readers Walking In

  Sarah had a magic pen.She'd write a story now and then. And when her words were softly spoken,on the page a door would open.  I'm not sure where the above lines come from, but they seem to have been dancing around in my head for some time. I may have gotten them from a book. I may have made them… Continue reading About Doors on Books, and Readers Walking In

Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Curing Your Writing Apathy

Last week we talked about writing apathy -- a debilitating and write-threatening disease that affects the will to write.  If the thought of sitting at your computer for an hour leaves you whimpering for a copy of Us Weekly, you may be experiencing symptoms of this serious condition.  For a more comprehensive list of the… Continue reading Curing Your Writing Apathy

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Writing Apathy — Recognizing the Signs

    Writing Apathy is a real and serious write-threatening condition. It can swoop down on the unsuspecting with its massive productivity-stealing claws at the first indication of a compromised work ethic. You may have been on a writing schedule consisting of 4,000+ words-a-day, only to suddenly find yourself staring at a blank screen while drool collects at… Continue reading Writing Apathy — Recognizing the Signs