Monthly Archives: April 2011

Objectivity: Your Most Powerful Writing Tool

All writers can benefit from having someone to critique their work, whether that work is poetry, fiction or non-fiction. We writers tend to view our work as either nearly infallible or severely flawed. We’re a fickle breed. Thus, an objective … Continue reading

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It’s What You Know

There’s a fundamental bit of writerly wisdom that suggests that in order to write compelling or even marketable work you should “Write what you know.” Unfortunately, many beginning and even not so beginning writers take this to mean they should … Continue reading

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Simile: Like Writing With A Camera

In the short story “Donkey Greedy, Donkey Gets Punched,” author Steve Almond, Best American Short Stories of 2010, the character Oss has a gambling problem. One night, upon his arrival home, his wife confronts him after discovering his addiction. When … Continue reading

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To Metaphor Or Not To Metaphor

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines metaphor as follows: “a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them … Continue reading

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April 8, 1999, 1:29 a.m….

April 8, 1999, 1:29 a.m., I pressed the Enter key on my tired old keyboard and brought Writerspark to life. Eighteen hours later I posted our very first exercise: Exercise #1: Write 100 words or less (story, essay or poem) … Continue reading

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Revision: Exquisite Pleasure?

So you managed to get all those words onto your page — Your masterpiece. The story poured as freely and as powerfully from your imagination as water over Niagara Falls, each syllable electric! Your work is finally done. Well… actually… … Continue reading

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Don’t Lose Your Voice

A recent critique session raised an interesting question:  How can a writer integrate elements of critiques into their work without losing their unique writing “voice?” More to the point, can a writer change things based on a critique and still … Continue reading

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