Author: PaddyEger

Ideas for Writing Comparisons and Contrasts 0

Ideas for Writing Comparisons and Contrasts

I like to use a Venn diagram to lay out my ideas before I write a compare-contrast piece. Place the opposing topic. one on either side, the outer spaces of the circles. Place the way they are alike in the area where the two circles intersect.   Here’s as example of how to setup the Venn diagram: Before or During Sunrise  VS  During or After Sunset   Other general topics to get you thinking. Add detail words to limit the topic [largest (animals)] – [smallest (animals)]   largest-smallest                most treasured-least appreciated              summer-winter   easy-difficult                   heroic-senseless                                        bright-dark...

NaNo (Writing Event)Update 0

NaNo (Writing Event)Update

The official National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) begins on Nov. 1st and lasts thorough the entire month. I’ve been busy planning, outlining, plotting and scheming and hope I’m ready to take the leap of faith and worn-out fingers to write 50,000 words, a rough draft for a new novel. Earlier in October, the Edmonds Library and EPIC hosted a kick-off event in the Plaza Room above the Edmonds Library. We had 4 speakers who inspired us and encouraged us to take the challenge and then had timne to chat with each other before setting out to get ourselves organized. (You...

Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo? 0

Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo?

5 Tips About Writing with Rhythm by Mark Nichol from Daily Writing Tips Think of all the things you do each day, including mundane tasks like getting dressed, cooking meals, and speaking to other people. They all involve patterns or random sequences of ebb and flow: rhythm. Writing is like that, too. Just as with any other activity, rhythm in writing can occur automatically, but it’s improved by conscious attention. Here are five tips for enhancing your writing by attending to rhythm: Alternate Sentence Length Vary the word count for your sentences – not mathematically, not analytically, but naturally, organically....

Quotes to Give you a Chuckle 0

Quotes to Give you a Chuckle

In order to keep a true perspective of one’s importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.   Advice for the day: If you have a headache, do what it says on the aspirin bottle: Take two and Keep Away from Children.   Anyone who uses the phrase”easy as taking candy from a baby  

Writer-y and NaNo Books 0

Writer-y and NaNo Books

I hope you took advantage of the back-to-school sales just ending. I always look forward to finding new pens and notebooks to refresh my writing times and help get me back into the writing groove. Before NaNoWriMo begins (or as you settle back into fall writing), you might want to ‘shop’ the library and bookstores for books to inspire your writing. Here are a few: On Writing by Stephen King Pencil Dancing by Mari Meisser Elements of Style by Strunk and White Writing Tools: Strategeis for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark The Artists’ Way by Julia Cameron Writing Down...

Activities to Stimulate Writing 2

Activities to Stimulate Writing

Writers have days filled with ideas and days of quiet with or without desperation. Some days it seems as if ideas flow so fast you can’t get them down on paper or onto your computer. Other days it’s like a desert in your mind where time and ideas are not within reach. For those dry days, here are a few suggestions that might awaken your creative mind or at least take your thinking to different places. Go for a walk, a run or a bike ride in a new location Take a new route home from work Visit a museum,...

NaNoWriMo Events 1

NaNoWriMo Events

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a national non-profit established to encourage writers to sit down and write 1500-2000 words a day in November and produce a rough copy of a novel. I have resisted it for years but, belonging to a writing organization, I now feel it’s time to join in the fun (many call it agony after a few weeks) and see what happens with my ‘novel’ novel idea. I also felt my organization, EPIC needed to sponsor NaNo events so I became a committee of one and hope to increase that to a committee of...

Quotes to Ponder 0

Quotes to Ponder

While these quotes are not specifically related to writing, they carry interesting messages. Enjoy! The real trouble with reality is that there’s no background music. A train station is where the train stops. A bus station is where the bus stops. On my desk I have a work station… Knowledge is realizing that the street is one-way; wisdom is looking both ways anyway. You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. Real Eyes. Realize. Real Lies. Never be afraid to try something new…An amateur built the ark that lasted forty days and forty nights; professionals...

Writing Directions – What’s Next?? 0

Writing Directions – What’s Next??

Lately writing has been like a slowly circling wind of uncertainty. Maybe it’s because of my spending 15 years glued to my computer chair writing stories, blogs and math games or maybe it’s because the burning stories have been shared and I’m looking for new writing adventures. I’m not feeling nearly as intense about writing as I did over the past two decades. So what’s next for me and writing? I’ve already finished my brief memoir (Small Town Girl). I’ve evaluated my 100+ poems and found those worth saving that I plan to enter into gifted journal books over the...

Adjectives 1

Adjectives

Nouns share people, places and things important to a story. Verbs show action. Together they form the foundation of any story. Now, think your adjectives. They are like the petals of a flower; they enhance the core of your story by describing the nouns. Too many will drag down the flow of words, make the story droop with their weight; too few will leave a story petal-less, lacking details that allow the reader to paint their own picture and “see” what and where and to whom events are happening. Striking a balance means you share the best descriptive words you...