Do You Want to Watch An Animated Ray Bradbury Interview?

Lisa Potts did an interview with Ray Bradbury  in 1972 and she by chance found it again in 2012. Since then, it’s been animated though the wonderful “Blank on Blank“ , in part of their PBS series. Thanks so much to Maria Popova of Brainpickings.org – one of my favourite websites BTW – for introducing me to […]

How to Express the Golden Gate Homesick Blues

We’re coming to the end of National Poetry Month and I want to share a poem I wrote a few years ago in a poetry workshop. I was living in England at the time, feeling very homesick for San Francisco, as well as nostalgic for a time when I was more mobile than I am […]

How Many of These 12 Essential #Writing Tips Do You Use?

All writers – authors, bloggers, journalists, screenwriters – have writing tips that help them.  I feel these twelve are essential for all writers. 1. Write It may seem obvious that writing is the best way to improve your craft,  but without deadlines, it’s easy to slip into the habit of not writing. I’ve recently picked […]

Margaret #Atwood #Writing New Beginnings

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but one resolution I do have is that I want to make time for new writing. And by that, I don’t mean editing or revising, but new fiction. To that end, I came across this quote by Margaret Atwood from a Paris Review Interview in 1990. “Every […]

P.D. James – A #Writing Life of Crime

This is my last post for 2014, and in looking back over the year I wanted to remember one of the writers who died this year, British crime writer P.D. James. She was 94 yrs old. Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park, (3 August 1920 – 27 November 2014), known as P. D. James, was one of […]

Can We Compare Steinbeck’s East of Eden to Breaking Bad?

Trailer of Steinbeck’s East Of Eden “I remember my childhood names for grasses and secret flowers. I remember where a toad may live and what time the birds awaken in the summer — and what trees and seasons smelled like — how people looked and walked and smelled even. The memory of odors is very […]

Do You Need the Ideal Time and Place to #Write?

Do writers need an ideal time and place to write?  Is it the right time or place that gets you going? We all have our different routines and rituals when it comes to writing, so there is no right or wrong answer here. That said, some writers feel the reason they are not more successful in […]

10 Ways to be Creative this Summer

Does summertime make you feel creative and want to try new things? Or do you just like to have fun in the sun? I like both, so I’m taking a break from blogging after this post until after Labor Day. What will You be Doing for Creative Fun this Summer? Summer is a great time to […]

How to Write like Chekhov

I recently came across this quote from Chekhov, and for me it summed up the key to writing. It’s all in the words.  This may sound like a very obvious statement, but simplicity is not necessarily something you link with literary fiction. One Word At a Time For anyone starting a lengthy work, it’s a […]

Kickstart Your #Flash Fiction With #PhotoFlash

PHOTOFLASH Flash Fiction + Photo = Photoflash Do you want to kickstart your flash fiction into high gear?  Using photos as inspiration for your flash fiction gives your writing the double whammy kick in the pants it might need. Writing short bursts of flash fiction can also jump-start your writing mojo and make your regular prose […]