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Writing from the Heart

If your goal is to improve your writing, one thing you must do is write something every day. It doesn’t have to be part of a book or an article or anything for someone else. Writing in a personal journal has many excellent features. It helps the writer to remember important memories, which can slip away if they’re not recorded. Journal entries can be prayers, short stories, or lists of things, which happen each day.

To be the best writer

How many of you know the most important thing to do if you want to become a very good writer?

Write, write, write, every day.

Commitment

The sermon I heard yesterday (Sunday) about commitment reminded me of the importance of being a Christian writer.

Lady with a cane

Here is a fun exercise for making your characters more real. Try it our and see what you think. Use the following statement and questions to create a paragraph about the woman.

The old woman walked across the street with her cane.

Did she stand tall and proud? Did her cane tap in time with her steps? Was she hunched and curled over the cane? Were her feet shuffling. How much of her weight was being held by the cane? Did she walk slow or fast? Was she friendly and open or cold and haughty?

Real characters

This morning I spoke at my Toastmasters meeting. I practiced speaking to 5th and 6th graders about making their characters real. One of my evaluations said this was good information for adults as well as the youth I will be teaching. Here are a couple of the things I said.

The old woman walked across the street with her cane. What other information could you give your readers? Did she stand tall and proud? Did her cane tap in time with her steps? Was she hunched and curled over the cane? Were her feet shuffling. How much of her weight was being held by the cane? Did she walk slow or fast?

Cracks in Cement

Hi, Kids,

Have you been thinking about places or things that give you ideas for stories? When I try to decide where the best place to find stories, I keep thinking of more and more places. Abandoned buildings, forests, thickets, under a bed, inside a hole in my desk, and in the cracks in cement.

Here’s a fun exercise if you want to try it. Find a crack in a sidewalk and draw a small circle including a piece of the crack. Then make-up a story about what is happening in the tiny town inside the circle. Have fun.

Writing Friends

I am somewhat nervous starting this blog, but the Lord has blessed me with encouragement from my writing friends—especially my friends in Words For The Journey Christian Writers Guild. Every writer needs support through the frustrations of writing exactly what the reader is looking for. WFTJ is my cheering squad, my shoulder to cry on, and “someones” to celebrate with. To meet these wonderful friends and writers, check out their blog at www.wftj.blogspot.com.

One special friend in WFTJ is Jan Parrish.

Come on in. I've been waiting for you.

Hi. How you doin’? Come on in.

Do you love to write? I do. Do you love to speak in front of groups? I do, even though my stomach is giggling like jello from nervousness. Ever been told you’re too young to write? That’s ok. I’ve been told I’m too old, but who cares.

Let’s get started. It might sound silly, but I’m watching a tree make different pictures against a blue sky and I’m creating stories about those pictures.

Tell me about what you see and make up stories about. I’ll be checking out your answers and will be back to talk about them on Tuesdays and Fridays.

I’m listening.

I'm glad you came to visit

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I’m looking forward to sharing an adventure with all of you. It is a trip through the land of creativity inside our minds. Creativity explains our world, changes it and builds new worlds within it. This morning, a beautiful day in Colorado and I look out my window through green leaves at patches of bright blue sky, creating different pictures in the gentle breeze. I see butterflies calling me to follow them; sparkling eyes of children playing hide-and-seek; and a room full of fans making their own wind.

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