Monthly Archives: March 2017

Details in our Writing: How Many?

One of the biggest challenges for me and my students is how much detail to include in our work.  Always we hear the phrase, “show, don’t tell.”  Writing texts stress specifics—details, details, details.  But finding the balance between “show, don’t … Continue reading

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Gathering Ideas and Revising our Work

I cannot recommend enough the Ted Kooser The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Adice for Beginning Poets.  So far as I’ve read, it could be called simply The Handbook on Writing.  In the early pages he talks about getting ideas … Continue reading

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Digital Frustrations and Triumphs

My smart phone has been making me feel dumb again—which is especially bad because my laptop has been mocking me for a month, ever since I installed an update to my screen reader.  (Beware of JAWS 18, blind friends.)  JAWS … Continue reading

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Character Development…again

    One of the most overused phrases in texts on writing is “Show, don’t tell.”  Another, equally repeated, is “what does your protagonist want?” Character desire is so paramount to the story, yet it is no small thing to … Continue reading

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