Category Archives: 2012

What’s Your Point?

What is your point?  Rude as it sounds, the question “What’s your point?” reminds writers that communication always has a purpose. We don’t write merely to put words on paper. We want to express a thought, an idea, an opinion, … Continue reading

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Voice and Vantage Point

Voice. Developing one’s voice is critical for writers if each of us wishes to standout as unique in a galaxy of other writers. But voice is an aspect of writing that is formed from many different elements—tone, style, and vantage … Continue reading

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Writing Great Visual Description

Writing great visual description is similar to taking an artful photograph. The focus of the description must be clear and present to the eye. In a photograph, we perceive the relationship between foreground and background. Our eye is guided by the structure of the … Continue reading

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Top Ten Reasons Why Writing is Transformative

Writing changes us. When we create text, the self-reflexive process of writing allows us to interact with ourselves, our minds, our feelings. The inward and outward direction of our awareness during the writing process transforms our experience our understanding, our … Continue reading

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Storytelling for Writers

Listening to some great stories today during a storytelling performance session reminded me that the art of storytelling can be an excellent exercise for writers. To tell a story artfully, capturing the listener’s attention, a storyteller must know all the … Continue reading

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Change is Constant

Reflections on change seem to arise naturally out of the news these days. From earthquakes and tsunamis to tornadoes and floods, change is affecting thousands and thousands of people. Even at a distance from these disasters, we are affected by observing … Continue reading

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