Daily Post Prompt: ‘As the Plot Unravels’ – a short story

` “I don’t know what to do,” Neville groaned, rubbing his hands roughly over his face. Then he pushed his laptop out of the way and leaned both elbows onto the coffeehouse table, propping his chin in his hands. “What’s wrong?” Clarence, the waiter bussing the table next to Neville’s, turned to question him NevilleContinue reading “Daily Post Prompt: ‘As the Plot Unravels’ – a short story”

Daily Post Prompt: Silence

Today’s prompt is “Silence.”  I originally wrote the piece below well over a year ago. But it fits the prompt so perfectly that I am giving it a second airing.   THE SONG OF SILENCE My fingers touched the keys of silence, and I played its song. It pulled from me a longing that IContinue reading “Daily Post Prompt: Silence”

Recipe for Creative Writing: A Quiet Corner, a Cup of Coffee, & Chocolate

What?  You don’t think I’m serious about this recipe? Well, I assure you that I am. In fact, I’ve been writing — very successfully, I might add — for many years now using these ingredients on a regular basis. 1. A Quiet Corner: I must have quiet when I’m creating.  If I’m simply relaxing — or doing houseworkContinue reading “Recipe for Creative Writing: A Quiet Corner, a Cup of Coffee, & Chocolate”

A Sharpened Pencil

  There’s just something about sharpened pencils – lead pencils, colored pencils – it doesn’t matter.  There’s just something about sharpened pencils that brings out a craving in me: a craving to write!  I’m not alone, of course. It happens to all of us who were born to be writers.  In fact, that’s one ofContinue reading “A Sharpened Pencil”

You Say You Want To Be A Writer?

You say you want to be a writer? Then START WRITING! Mystery author Agatha Christie once said, “The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” There’s a lot of wisdom in that statement. You know, you don’t have to live a weird life — or even a particularly exciting lifeContinue reading “You Say You Want To Be A Writer?”

Want To Make Your Brain Sweat?

Warning: The real purpose of this article is to get you to do some writing exercises. However, once started, those exercises can become seriously addictive. So think carefully before you read any further, because once you are hooked on this habit – honestly – only God knows where you might end up! I often haveContinue reading “Want To Make Your Brain Sweat?”