Tag Archives: Writing 101

Longest Day of 2014

So, today will be the longest day of the year, and this year I can say with some truth that I’m as happy about this annual fact as I have been in all the years past. The mark of summer … Continue reading

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Writing 101, Day Eleven: Size Matters

Today, tell us about the home you lived in when you were twelve. For your twist, pay attention to — and vary — your sentence lengths. The house I lived in at twelve is the same house I’m in today. … Continue reading

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Writing 101, Day Ten: Happy

(Insert Special Occasion Here)! Today, be inspired by a favorite childhood meal. For the twist, focus on infusing the post with your unique voice — even if that makes you a little nervous.     Mom’s meatloaf! Sorry, but Pharrell … Continue reading

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Writing 101, Day Nine: Red Yarn of Fate

Changing Moccasins — Point of View For today’s assignment, write a scene at the park. Up for a twist? Write the scene from three different points of view. The park isn’t Central Park (I’ve never been there to know how … Continue reading

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Writing 101, Day Eight: Death to Adverbs

Go to a public location and make a detailed report of what you see. The twist of the day? Write the post without adverbs. I rolled into the same, well-worn parking lot of the local 7-11 with its faded, yellow … Continue reading

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Writing 101, Day Seven: Give and Take

Focus today’s post on the contrast between two things. The twist? Write the post in the form of a dialogue. “What is the big deal about dialogue tags?” I asked, pouting at one of the well-followed guru know-it-all’s from the … Continue reading

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Writing 101, Day Six: A Character-Building Experience

Today, you’ll write about the most interesting person you’ve met in 2014. In your twist, develop and shape your portrait further in a character study. I haven’t met anyone in 2014. Online, yes. Lots of amazing people who live and … Continue reading

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Writing 101: Day Five

Be Brief You discover a letter on a path that affects you deeply. Today, write about this encounter. And your twist? Be as succinct as possible. ____________________________________________________ Mentally, I’m still treading through the darkest, longest tunnel known to man. There is … Continue reading

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Writing 101, Day 4

The Serial Killer (part 1) Write about a loss: something (or someone) that was part of your life and isn’t any more. Today’s twist: Make today’s post the first in a three-post series. My life consists of a series of … Continue reading

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Writing 101, Day Three

Write about the three most important songs in your life — what do they mean to you? Nailing Brahms’ Hungarian Dance Number 5 on your alto sax. Making perfect pulled pork tacos. Drawing what you see. Or, writing a novel. … Continue reading

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