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I had a conversation with a friend recently about writing and blogging (my friend’s main outlet for writing is her blog and newsletter). She’d written a fresh post, tried something new, and was hesitating before publishing it.
She’d written something really raw and real, she said, and wondered if she should send it [...]
The winner of the Little Bird Writing Contest is Leslie Greentree, author of “The Room of Pickled Things.” Congratulations, Leslie!
The prompt that started her story:
Write a scene that involves pickled carrots and supermarket eggs.
And three cheers for our runners up:
“Cola Bottle Light” by Emily Coon
Write a story [...]
I love working with Jess Grant because she’s from another world: the improv comedy world. Her method – standing in front of an audience without notes, performing a sketch onstage, speaking out loud as the words come to her – it’s terrifying. It’s exciting. It’s also instructive, obviously. If Jess can improvise out loud, in [...]
Here’s one way to deal with writing anxiety: know that the story you’re writing is already happening.
What if your characters are already living their story, and you don’t have to make them up? What if it wasn’t your job to come up with personalities and invent settings and conflicts and relationships?
When you sit down to write, how much time do you give yourself to practice? I mean the off-record stuff: writing exercises and warm ups.
Now think of the way dancers or musicians interact with their art. The performance, the finished piece, is the culmination of hours of practice: boring warm ups, weird experiments, [...]
Working with Christina has been a profound experience for me; I feel honoured to witness what’s happened to her writing after three years of practice. She was always a good writer, but now she has mastered the art of paying attention in a scene, and it’s hypnotic. She has faith in her own sentences and [...]