Writing Prompt: “Portal”

I created this writing prompt, “Portal”, for the late middle of a book. Flashbacks are portals to the past. They can be an effective way to show contrasts between the way things were and the way things are. But the time change inherent in all flashbacks can jolt the reader’s sense of continuity. For that […]

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3 Paths to Holistic Writing

The past two weeks, I have been reading articles on holistic approaches to psychology, martial arts, lifestyle, and medicine. So of course I decided to explore what people said about holistic writing on blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, and the web in general. I found near silence. So I decided to tackle the idea myself. Holistic comes […]

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Benefits of a Writer’s Support Network

Writing can be a lonely profession. But a writer does not need to be completely alone in his or her efforts. By building connections with people, writers find affirmation, encouragement, challenge, accountability, and grounding. Although a writer can write alone, I believe that a support system greatly increases a writer’s staying power – the ability […]

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Expand Your Writing Routine

A recent car trip severely disrupted my writing routine. At the same time, I read a passage in a writing book that made me question the advantages of a strict writing routine. Routines can help us write when the going is difficult but they can also handicap our productivity when we become dependent on them. […]

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