Finding Seasonal Ideas

Writing Amidst the Buzz

It’s that beautiful time of year. There is much noise in our lives as we prepare for holidays and celebrations of all kinds.

The buzz in the air can be a distraction to any serious writing that often happens on the fringe of the day. One suggestion for mining inspiration is to allow yourself to feel the buzz and funnel it into creativity.

What is College Reading?

Available on Amazon.com

The work of three colleagues resulted in a collection of work representing classroom and campus strategies across various types of college environments. What is College Reading? is a resource that all educators will value.

Reading has taken on a different meaning over time. What has been lost in transition from printed text to online text may have been gained in the availability of text types, genres, and multiple perspectives.

In this book, college educators contribute their thoughts about what it means to read at a college level where students are asked to read multiple texts and synthesize ideas.

310 pages, Published October 1, 2018 by CSU Open Press

The book is available on Amazon.com

When Writing Motivation Wanes

When you have written your characters into a corner and your mojo is leaving, how do you keep the production rate steady?

Think about a writing ASSIGNMENT that you had to complete at some point in your life. It could have been an essay for a history class, a chemistry lab report, or a literary analysis essay of your favorite classic novel.

Against your own druthers, you completed the work. You had to push forward, muster all of your writing energy, and just compose.

Finding Descriptions

Writing out of your era…

Descriptive writing brings text alive for readers. It allows the movie to roll in a reader’s’ mind, but only if the language is vivid and the description is real. Fantasy requires the author to create suspension of reality with believable description. Those setting aren’t necessarily real, but they do need to be plausible.

Preparing to Write a Sequel

So many approaches!

Depending on who you ask, there are many ways to approach writing. The challenge is finding the one that is most efficient for the purpose, time, and genre of the work. Storytelling has its own unique characteristics that can lead to writers getting bogged down. Trying to be consistent in a sequel can be uniquely difficult.