Posts tagged ‘online writing classes’

Nov 09 2016
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Tips for Terrific Writing

Here’s a new mantra to fiction writing that I learned from WRITING THE WAVE and from my interaction with my classmates during this online writing course: Dialogue should be quirky, indirect, parsed with questions, statements, sounds, pauses and the occasional joke and curse. If your audience will allow it. Mixed metaphors are preferred over known metaphors, but it is the author’s invented metaphor that enslaves the readers’ attention. Be different. Be daring. As to the…

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Feb 21 2014
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Moving Past Shoulds

In April 2013, I was interviewed by writer Julie Leuk for an article called “Overcoming a Writer’s Identity Crisis: Find Your Writing Joy Again,” published in Wow! Women On Writing.  I incorporated Julie’s questions into an evaluative segment of my Writer’s Eye online writing class, and I’m publishing Michele Burnett’s answers because I thought they were particularly illuminating.  Here Michele answers this question, originally put to me:  “What suggestions do you have to help writers…

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Feb 14 2014
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Getting Unstuck: Beyond Words

In April 2013, I was interviewed by writer Julie Leuk for an article called “Overcoming a Writer’s Identity Crisis: Find Your Writing Joy Again,” published in Wow! Women On Writing.  I incorporated Julie’s questions into an evaluative segment of my Writer’s Eye online writing class, and I’m publishing Michele Burnett’s answers because I thought they were particularly illuminating.  Here Michele answers this question, originally put to me:  “What kind of practical suggestions do you have…

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Feb 07 2014
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Overcoming Fear in Your Writing Practice

In April 2013, I was interviewed by writer Julie Leuk for an article called “Overcoming a Writer’s Identity Crisis: Find Your Writing Joy Again,” published in Wow! Women On Writing.  I incorporated Julie’s questions into an evaluative segment of my Writer’s Eye online writing class, and I’m publishing Michele Burnett’s answers because I thought they were particularly illuminating.  Here Michele answers this question, originally put to me:  “You have started a creative writing center to…

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Jun 28 2013
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Advice To Fledgling Writers: Fear of Being Creative

 This series of blogs, “Advice to Fledgling Writers,” is excerpted from the book, Writing the Wave: Inspired Rides for Aspiring Writers by Elizabeth Ayres.  Here, a typical student expresses a common fear and Elizabeth responds. Writing the Wave is also an online writing class. TS:  “I haven’t been writing for very long, and it’s thrilling and terrifying at the same time. Sometimes, when I’m writing, I lose track of time. I feel like Something Else is…

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Jun 21 2013
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Advice To Fledgling Writers: Getting Started

This series of blogs, “Advice to Fledgling Writers,” is excerpted from the book, Writing the Wave: Inspired Rides for Aspiring Writers by Elizabeth Ayres.  Here, a typical student expresses a common fear and Elizabeth responds. Writing the Wave is also an online writing class. TS:  “I have lots of wonderful ideas. But they float through my head and I Don’t write them down. When I do sit down to write, all the ideas disappear! How do…

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Jun 14 2013
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Advice To Fledgling Writers: The Inner Critic

This series of blogs, “Advice to Fledgling Writers,” is excerpted from the book, Writing the Wave: Inspired Rides for Aspiring Writers by Elizabeth Ayres.  Here, a typical student expresses a common fear and Elizabeth responds. Writing the Wave is also an online writing class. TS: “I have a fierce inner critic.  What should I do about it?” Elizabeth responds: Remember that your inner-critic problem is exacerbated by a very real outer critic problem. Most people have…

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Jun 07 2013
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Advice To Fledgling Writers: Avoiding Perfectionism

This series of blogs, “Advice to Fledgling Writers,” is excerpted from the book, Writing the Wave: Inspired Rides for Aspiring Writers by Elizabeth Ayres.  Here, a typical student expresses a common fear and Elizabeth responds. Writing the Wave is also an online writing class. TS: “I have really great ideas. But as soon as I get the first sentence out, I compare it to what’s in my head, and it sounds so stupid, so primitive, so…

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May 31 2013
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Advice to Fledgling Writers: Moving Beyond the Personal

This series of blogs, “Advice to Fledgling Writers,” is excerpted from the book, Writing the Wave: Inspired Rides for Aspiring Writers by Elizabeth Ayres.  Here, a typical student expresses a common fear and Elizabeth responds. Writing the Wave is also an online writing class. TS: “I’ve been keeping journals all my life. I like to write poetry, too, but I never show it to anyone. Lately I’ve wanted to write something a little less personal, but…

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May 24 2013
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Advice to Fledgling Writers: Discipline

This series of blogs, “Advice to Fledgling Writers,” is excerpted from the book, Writing the Wave: Inspired Rides for Aspiring Writers by Elizabeth Ayres.  Here, a typical student expresses a common fear and Elizabeth responds. Writing the Wave is also an online writing class. TS: “I’ve never written before at all. I just thought it’d be fun. I need a creative outlet in my life, but I also know I need discipline.” Elizabeth responds: Discipline! When…

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May 17 2013
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Advice to Fledgling Writers: Discouragement

This series of blogs, “Advice to Fledgling Writers,” is excerpted from the book, Writing the Wave: Inspired Rides for Aspiring Writers by Elizabeth Ayres.  Here, a typical student expresses a common fear and Elizabeth responds. Writing the Wave is also an online writing class. TS: “I love to write, too! But when I compare what I’ve written to the books I read, I get so discouraged. I’m afraid I’ll never be that good. I guess I’m…

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May 10 2013
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Advice To Fledgling Writers: You’re Not Wasting Time

This series of blogs, “Advice to Fledgling Writers,” is excerpted from the book, Writing the Wave: Inspired Rides for Aspiring Writers by Elizabeth Ayres.  Here, a typical student expresses a common fear and Elizabeth responds. Writing the Wave is also an online writing class. TS: “I’ve always loved to write, to keep journals, to make up stories and poems, but I never seem to get anywhere. I feel like I’m wasting my time, goofing around, pretending…

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May 03 2013
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Discovering Point of View

In this excerpt from a letter to a student in her online class Writing for Children, Helena explains issues of voice and discovery that are applicable to adult fiction-writing as well as children’s writing. There is certainly a story to be discovered here, but remember, the point of view has to be the young people, not the adult’s view of the young people.  This is a shift slowly made in understanding and in actually experiencing…

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Apr 26 2013
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Journal Writing

In this excerpt from a letter to a student in her online class Writing for Children, Helena explains her journal writing practice. I write in my journal every morning.  It’s something I’ve practiced for almost 35 years, is a way I collect myself, commune with myself and, frankly, God.  All my hopes and dreams, my insights, all kinds of contemplation go into that pen-tip on paper. Looking back at them is not something I ever…

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Apr 19 2013
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Moving On In Your Writing Practice

Recently, I was interviewed by writer Julie Leuk for an article she’s working on about how a writer handles a changing identity within her or his writing practice.  Here’s her third question and my answer. JL: What suggestions do you have to help writers move past the self-imposed “shoulds” of their writing career, release them, so they can embrace the “coulds” of the future? EA: I think the most important suggestion I could make is…

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Apr 12 2013
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If Your Writing Needs To Change…

Recently, I was interviewed by writer Julie Leuk for an article she’s working on about how a writer handles a changing identity within her or his writing practice.  Here’s her second question and my answer. JL: What kind of practical suggestions do you have to help people get “unstuck” if their current writing path isn’t satisfying for them? EA: The very first suggestion I would have is to take seriously the nudge to do something…

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Apr 05 2013
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A Writer’s Chrysalis

Recently, I was interviewed by writer Julie Leuk for an article she’s working on about how a writer handles a changing identity within her or his writing practice.  Here’s her first question and my answer. JL: You have started a creative writing center to help writers transform themselves creatively. The key word here is transforming, which implies change. For some people this is scary. How do you help people move past the fear of change…

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Mar 29 2013
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What Is Communication?

If you want to write, you want to communicate, yes?  But what does that really mean? I invite you to consider the Latin root of our word “communicate,” which is “com” (with) plus “uni” (one).  The literal meaning of the word “communicate is “to be one with.”  The word “community” has the same root, and means the same thing:  “to be one with.” So when you write, there is a “being one with” that happens,…

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Mar 22 2013
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Notes Towards Revision

When I discovered Haiku, particularly the Japanese poet, Basho’s, work, I sensed that I’d found an important key with which to approach revision. Words have to work hard in writing, so they have to, each one, mean something.  Like pieces of supportive architecture, words have to construct writing. One word can often do the job of three, and likely do it more potently.  In a Haiku every word is jam-packed with effect. What if I…

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Mar 15 2013
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The Sound Of Inspiration

In a recent post, I quoted E.B. White, who said, “All writing is communication; creative writing is communication through revelation — it is the Self escaping into the open.” I’m intrigued by this notion of writing as self-revelation, because it’s what keeps me coming back to my desk day after day.  Not because I have a message for the world, not because I have a story to tell, but because as I find the words…

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Mar 08 2013
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Finding an Authentic, True Voice: One Writer’s Story

This week our guest blogger, Karen Karper Fredette, describes the risks — and rewards — of discovering a true and authentic voice. The need to write was hounding me but whenever I tried, my thoughts flitted in fifty odd directions, and whatever I produced was scattered and shallow.  A habit of concealing my feelings, my fears, and my weaknesses kept me spinning my wheels, writing only superficial events. I seldom wrote directly of myself or…

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