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Mapping Your Writing

When I was a snot-nosed kid, before my parents paved our driveway, my little brother, Roger, and I used to “play cars” in the dirt after school. Fun times involving early miniature cars and a small gas station made from thin metal and painted with Gulf Oil Company thematic colors and emblems. We would scrape […]

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Writing Jig-Saw Puzzles

Everyone, at some time or other in their life, builds a jig-saw puzzle. Not in the sense of actually manufacturing a puzzle, however, but placing the pieces to form a whole picture. Some puzzles are simple, and only require a short time to complete. In contrast, complex puzzles need considerable study time in order to […]

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On Being An Addict

One of the great joys of my life is my fur babies. Billie girl, the rescue kitty. Banjo, the baby momma. And Ebon, the boy wanderer. Three cats, all with distinct personalities, all with individual wants and needs. Once or twice a week, in the morning after they eat breakfast, I give them catnip for […]

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Sometimes It’s Not About The Words

Sometimes it’s not about the words, it’s about the music, underlying the words. About the melody flowing through the prose, from beginning to end. Nature provides an underlying melody, a frequency at which all animate and inanimate creations vibrate. Simultaneously exclusive to the individual creation, and inclusive harmonically with all other creations in nature. Writers […]

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Return To Sender

Every writer has days where nothing seems to go right. Ideas won’t come, words don’t get written, story-telling gets put-off, for whatever kinds of justification (it’s a rainy day; the relatives are coming; the cats need food, etc.). Mental chaos, in other words. Maybe it’s because you’re over “stuffed.” You already have way too much […]

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Muscle Memory

The process is commonly known in the sports world as “muscle memory.” A phenomenon not limited to athletes, writers engage in very similar practices in order to excel at their craft. Storytelling, whether faction or fiction, uses the same principles. Training through exercising—writing—testing, adjusting, and exercising—rewriting—again. Top athletes train for long hours in a concerted […]

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