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All posts tagged writing teacher

Tell me How to Begin

What do I want to write about?  How do I begin??  Why won’t anything come into my mind???   Calm down.  Those are three thoughts that just popped into your mind.  Write them down on a piece of paper, or type them on your computer.   Which thoughts?    The “What do I…” “How do […]

Writing Lame Introductions…

That’s what you usually do.  Of course, it’s not your fault (until now).  School trained you to start with mind-numbing generalities when you wrote essays.  Sentences like “Everyone in the world needs to breathe.”  Or “We all have to die sometime.”   This advice told you to start with a surprising fact, definition or a quote.  […]

Harnessing the Power of What You Don’t Say

They’re watching… It freaks me out when I see my face on a computer screen… in Sheffield, England… surrounded by attentive people… in the dark.   The realities of YouTube don’t really sink in until you find out that people across the ocean pay attention to what you have to say.  When they do what […]

The Works of Unprofessional Masters…

  On June 26th, writers journeyed from across North America to Wizard Academy in Austin, Texas, to attend the first ever, No One Told Me How to Write Workshop.  They didn’t know it yet, but each one of them already possessed writing talent beyond their expectations.   Their short pieces stunned me with depth and […]

When Rhythm and Rhyme Murder Imagery…

I cringed as three women butchered what should have been a good story. They, along with a few hundred other people were celebrating Bolster Day, the legend of a cannibalistic giant defeated by the clever wits of a beautiful villager.  They had all the ingredients for gripping reading: terror, villainy, government ineptitude, a vulnerable heroine […]

Kick Writer’s Block In the Face!

Writer’s block lurks under every blank page, its monster teeth eager to sink themselves in your creativity.  You can defeat the monster.  It’s part trick and part confidence that you’ve done it before.  If you don’t have the confidence yet, I’ll give you the trick so you can punch that monster in the teeth every […]

HowtoWriteWorkshops.com Lives!

Problems with domains and servers.  Too many edits to count.  My programming skills are far from legendary, and I don’t possess huge wads of cash to throw at a website assassin.  My willpower struggled to make it.  But here I am.  Yay!   If you haven’t taken time to watch “The First Lesson” shot by […]