Growing a Garden of Ideas

A gardener plants more flower seeds then he needs because he doesn’t know which ones will actually grow.  In the same way, as a writer, when you plant ideas in your journal, you can’t always predict which ones will blossom into a full grown story or essay or poem.  Writers often go back to the […]

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First Draft Know How

  So how do you go about writing a first draft anyway? I write fast and furious.  I don’t worry about conventions, or mechanics, or spelling, or coming up with beautiful language.  I don’t even worry about writing in chronological order.  I write down what appears in my head as I’m writing.  My only concern […]

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Nothing is Wasted…Luckily

Nothing is wasted.  –Richard Bausch,  Experienced writers know this.  How? From experience!  It isn’t necessarily an easy lesson, but it is an important one none the less.  Short story writer, Richard Bausch explained once that the first thing he ever published was a short story.  Unfortunately, when he started writing it, he thought he was […]

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