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National Parks Birthday This Summer – Smoky Mountains Nat’l Park

Writing settings. What a glorious way to experience settings, and then be able to write about them, than by visiting our varied US National Parks. Here is Stu the Rabbit in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The scenery is stunning with foggy (and...

Short Synopsis v.s. Book Trailer

I imagined the one-second flashes of frames with epic music in the background, and then wrote my 25-word synopsis for him. Easy-peasy.

Post-Post NaNoWriMo — Step One

...it was a great writing exercise for this author to get to know her characters better. Delete. Delete. Delete. By getting rid of your babble (excess words), you will find that what's left is a very nice skeleton of plot and character to soon...

Summer 2013 Project

This summer the kids are going to study a different country every week.  I appreciated "Multicultural Games" by Lorraine Babarash to incorporate some games as well.  Below are a few ideas from a research standpoint for them to get...

Queen of the Story Starters

Someone once asked me if I have another book in the works. I nearly choked on room air. How about another twenty-five in the works? And, yes, those are twenty-five completed rough drafts I’ve started but never got back to to complete. Most of t...

Whose Hands?

Today I revised this poem to convey the same message it reflected a few years ago when I first read it.  I'm unaware of the author. Whose hands? A baseball in my hands is worth about $5. A baseball in Alex Rodriguez' is worth 30 milli...

Writing Exercise #11 ~ 20

Capturing the moments Journaling is a huge relaxer for me (especially now that we dropped our cable!)  I record my favorite entries and information I may need to refer back to by date in the front, and in the back I number a list of things I'm...

The Difficulty About Lima Beans… and Story Detail

When I was a kid, I remember having lima beans once in a great while. When my own children were little, I’d buy the package of frozen mixed veggies with lima beans in them. The boys always pulled the lima beans to the sides of their plates, &...

Writing Exercises: If I Were to Do Something Really Crazy

Note: this is a writing exercise that I found in my diary. Instructions: (from Natalie Goldberg. I forgot if it was from “Wild Mind” or “Writing Down the Bones”) Write for ten minutes. Start with the phrase, “If I were t...
by Age of the Diary on Aug 12, 2012

Writing Exercises: If I Were to Do Something Really Crazy

Note: this is a writing exercise that I found in my diary. Instructions: (from Natalie Goldberg. I forgot if it was from “Wild Mind” or “Writing Down the Bones”) Write for ten minutes. Start with the phrase, “If I were t...
by Age of the Diary on Aug 12, 2012

Writing Tip: Out before In

My new writing resolution is out before in. That is, I should focus on producing output, which is finishing all my writing tasks for the day, before I take in any inputs like reading, watching, or listening to anything. This is a modified idea from J...
by Age of the Diary on Jul 9, 2012

Writing Tip: Out before In

My new writing resolution is out before in. That is, I should focus on producing output, which is finishing all my writing tasks for the day, before I take in any inputs like reading, watching, or listening to anything. This is a modified idea from J...
by Age of the Diary on Jul 9, 2012

Wet Burning Wool Smell — Sensory Writing

DIL showed me felted wool balls she’d made to use instead of dryer sheets. (Yay for chemical freeing!) So I made some for me. They fell apart. I felted them by boiling them, which made the house smell like a sheep barn for hours, but final succ...

Writing Tips: Try Writing Prompts

Writer’s block. You know what it’s like. It’s agony. It’s you wasting a lot of hours looking at blank paper. Is there a cure for it? Try some writing prompts. These can come in the form of questions, thought provoking pictures...
by Age of the Diary on Jul 6, 2012

Money! — Your Character and Finances

Money! We all need it. (And so do the characters about whose lives we wrangle.) We either love money or hate it, often both. Of course, there are the stories of a family living in a house a few square yards long, or a man solving his financial woes...

When There Were Woods — Writing Exercise

When we lived in the woodlands, there was a patch of 3′ by 5′ bit of sunshine which made its way throughout the summer day from the west side of our backyard to the east. We had birds then, lots of birds, and great variety of birds. There...

True Character and Priorties Displayed at the Toot of a Horn

I had come to a stop sign at a T intersection. The cross-traffic had did not have stop. But I was certain the car coming from my left was going to turn down my road. He was driving slowly, much slower than the speed limit, and even swerved to his r...

Mind Dump: Past, Present, and Future

A new blogging friend of mine gave me some advice the other day when I indicated I was having trouble turning my thoughts into words. She simply said, “Don’t think, just write.” I suppose I will, since I have so many things that ar...

Poetry Party Post

So if you do an image search for poetry you find a lot of flowers and hearts - blah!  I try to spring ahead of National Poetry Month with hosting a poetry party the last weekend in March.  This year I didn't have much planning to do as a fr...


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