Jul 26, 2014
“Hi, I’m Holly. I’m a writer, and I have an unhealthy addiction to ellipses.” I see a number of familiar faces in the audience, and I’m inspired to be a more decisive writer, a better leader. I pull a handful of dithering dots from my pocket, careful to hang onto the few loner-types willing to serve as periods, and I lay them down on the podium. It’s...
Jul 25, 2014
Believe it or not, I do put clear and accurate communication ahead of grammatical perfection, at least when it comes to technical and scientific writing. When it comes to fiction, I’d say that the ability to tell an good story well comes first. But grammar, spelling, and punctuation are the tools of the trade, and using them correctly means removing speed bumps that stand between the minds of the...
Jul 24, 2014
With thanks to Ron Lacson for the inspiration, in Writing… and us. According to Ron, I inspired him to write that, yesterday, with my post, Nothing Left to Say. Ron writes that, “because most writers articulate how they view the world and craft their piece as a tool to share their dreams and values; their success and failures; their fears and visions, it then follows that in writing there is...
Jul 23, 2014
What do you write when there’s nothing left to say? Or maybe there’s too much to say and you no longer have the heart to say it – you’re all “said out”?
In the end, maybe, you return to your first love: fiction.
You’re not sure that your resolve will stand strong – that you can resist commenting on “current events” or sharing an opinion of the...
Jul 22, 2014
Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #346
The prompt: November, patience, bedroom, rights, brandy, happiness, accusation, society, contradiction, class
I’m a little tired of politics, but the prompt lent itself to a statement on politics. And so I wrote two pieces based on this week’s words – not quite stories in their own right, but little vignettes that were inspired by the...