Writing Life Stories Session VIII

Writing Life Stories Session VIII Spring’s hit us here in the Pacific Northwest and we’re all feeling it. Between work, house cleaning, yard work, and hiking, schedules are busy. Remember this coming Tuesday deals with the final product you want to create with your stories. Last Tuesday’s class dealt more with the writing process, avoiding adverbs, and more about how to show and not tell. Each week the class grows more adept at storytelling and more productive as writers. We also discussed writing about questions our descendants would want our answers on like what is the hardest thing you’ve learned … Continue reading Writing Life Stories Session VIII

Writing 101: Day 12

Today’s Prompt: Write a post inspired by a real-world conversation.Today’s twist: include an element of foreshadowing in the beginning of your post. Realization As we walked through southern California’s winter haze, my heart locked in a sheath of steel, cold and gray, I kicked a pebble across the sidewalk, daring it to fight back, staring it down through Clint Eastwood eyes. “I want to buy a gun.” I despised the person who walked beside me. Last night he impersonated one of his favorite comedians, Rodney Dangerfield. Here, take my wife, please, just leave me alone. I loathed him. Mr. Runupstairsandhide … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 12

Writing 101: Day 11

Day Eleven: Size Matters (In Sentences) The assignment is to write sentences that vary in their length. Today’s Prompt: Where did you live when you were 12 years old? Ollie Ollie Um Comefree By Lenee Cobb We’d moved from one dead-end road in Lakewood to another, in a new school district. I was the outsider. Again. This was an old neighborhood, a neighborhood that every one of the neighborhood children was born into—except me—us—my little brothers and I. Our house, which was located near the cul-de-sac, was painted a pale green, a green similar to an unripe apple, a color … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 11

Writing 101: Day 10

Day Ten: Tell us something about your favorite childhood meal — the one that was always a treat, that meant “celebration,” or that comforted you and has deep roots in your memory. Free free to focus on any aspect of the meal, from the food you ate to the people who were there to the event it marked. Today’s twist: Tell the story in your own distinct voice. Grandma Knows Best By Lenee Cobb My Grandma Williams was known for her good cooking. She learned her cooking from her momma, another woman known far and wide and remembered fondly for … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 10

Writing 101: Day 9

The Assignment: Day Nine: Point of View Today’s Prompt: A man and a woman walk through the park together, holding hands. They pass an old woman sitting on a bench. The old woman is knitting a small, red sweater. The man begins to cry. Write this scene. We encourage you to give fiction a try, even if that not what you normally do — it can be a fun way to stretch. If fiction feels like a bridge to far, take some element from the scene that speaks to you, and write a non-fiction piece about that. Today’s twist: write … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 9

Writing Life Stories: Session VII

Writing Life Stories: Session VII We started off this session by diving into memory triggers and then we did it again halfway through the session. We came up with a hoard of ideas. We covered more about the different methods we can use to show and not tell: ways to use dialogue, and even ways to make the villains in our lives understandable and even sympathetic to our readers. I believe it is important, when telling our life stories, to delve a little deeper into the psyche, what we now perceive as the psyche, of the villains within our pasts. … Continue reading Writing Life Stories: Session VII

Writing 101: Day 8: Once upon a Childhood Fragrance

Day Eight: Death to Adverbs Today’s Prompt: Go to a local café, park, or public place and write a piece inspired by something you see. Once upon a Childhood Fragrance By Leneé Cobb Spring floats upon the April breeze along this one section at our community park. It’s back here, along the stream as it meanders among tree roots and rocks. Every year I make it a point to hike to this specific area at the back of the park so I can breathe its peculiar fragrance. I know it comes from one of these trees growing along the banks … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 8: Once upon a Childhood Fragrance