Tag: stories

It’s all about perspective

It’s all about perspective

I’ve been thinking today about who we are when we write — and I don’t mean how we view ourselves as people, but who we are as storytellers — because when we write, we can do so from many different perspectives. Depending on what we’re writing about, we can be whomever we want to be.  We can be the victim,…

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Fall 2012 Writing Marathon

Fall 2012 Writing Marathon

What a lovely day on the lake.  The Fall 2012 Writing Marathon held on Lake Fairview on Saturday, November 3rd, couldn’t have been more perfect. The weather was ideal, we had a great potluck, and people went out and sat by the lake to write.  How inspiring. Throughout our day we used a variety of motivational writing prompts designed to help…

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Turkey Talk

Turkey Talk

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and you know we have to talk turkey in this week’s Wednesday writing prompt. We could write about how grateful we are for the many blessings we experience each and every day—and I encourage you to do that—but for today’s writing exercise, let’s write about turkey days that didn’t go quite like we expected them to. What…

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The Best Vacation Ever!

The Best Vacation Ever!

Last Sunday, a group of sixteen Writing Your Lifers got a taste of what’s to come on the Writing the Waves cruise, which sets sail on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas on May 12, 2013. We spent time touring the ship and enjoying a wonderful sit-down lunch. Unfortunately, we had to leave at 3:00 p.m. while the other guests…

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Writing with photographs, part two

Writing with photographs, part two

In last week’s post on Writing with Photographs, we talked about ways to look at photographs—how to systematically examine the photograph’s physical characteristics, inventory the image, listen for the story the picture has to tell and answer the basic who-what-where-when-why-how questions. Now, let’s focus our attention on what to do with the information gleaned from the study of our photographs.…

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Birds of a Feather

I like birds. I don’t consider myself a birder, but I do enjoy watching our feathered friends—those that used to hang around the feeder at my old house and the ones that come to visit the lake where I live now. I often observe unusual bird situations like a couple of weeks ago when thirty buzzards spent the afternoon on…

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Start with a timeline

Anyone who talks with me for five minutes knows that I am all about taking the large lives we’ve lived and breaking them into smaller, more manageable pieces, hence the name of my book, Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time. But I also believe that we gain great insight and give our stories depth by…

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