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

Writing 101 Day 7

Writing 101 Day 7: Assignment: Write about a contrast between two things using dialogue. Revision 2: See comments below for the advice I employed Tug-of-War By Leneé Cobb Although I assured my best friend I was fine—fine enough for her to take a shower—she’s been in there less than five minutes and I can no longer speak. She didn’t want to leave my side but I insisted. She looked like crap. She’s been up for days and I don’t know the half of how she got here. It’s a good three-hour flight from where she lives. She left her newborn … Continue reading Writing 101 Day 7

Writing 101 Day 6

Writing 101 Day 6: Second attempt This assignment deals with character description.We’re supposed to describe people we recently met. Now that ought to really freak some people out. These assignments are given to us on a daily basis and that leaves only a limited amount of self-editing time. These are my “within less than a day Scribblings.” For that reason, the following story (and others found within this blog,) may read much better at some future date. Please add your comments to areas that I can improve upon, etc. Note to my readers: Just because the following story is to … Continue reading Writing 101 Day 6

Writing 101 Day 5

Day Five: Be Brief Today’s Prompt: You stumble upon a random letter on the path.   Between the Lines by Lenee Cobb As I pulled the car to the side of the logging road and parked, the sun filtered down through young leaves and spritely-tipped branches. What would have been gray and spooky a few moments ago now appeared welcoming. Car doors quietly shut, so as not to interrupt the birdsong, and I locked it up and motioned my brother and our neighborhood friend to follow me down a deer path I knew by heart. Moss cushioned the ground, giving … Continue reading Writing 101 Day 5

Land of the Midnight Sun: Part 6

Land of the Midnight Sun Part 6 Chapter One: Cliffhangers and Heroes by Lenee Cobb   How many times, logically, should you have died? Can you count them on one hand, two? Did your survival ever depend upon the selflessness of another? Did they pay a price? Tonight, I want to pay tribute to a couple of heroes. October 1964 We have a green and white Chevy Nomad station wagon packed full from the back area to the luggage rack on top. Behind the station wagon sits a 24-foot trailer. All our valuables are in the trailer, fancy plates and … Continue reading Land of the Midnight Sun: Part 6

Writing 101: Day 4

Day Four: Serially Lost Today’s Prompt: Write about a loss: something (or someone) that was part of your life, and isn’t any more. What About Loss? Loss. This is supposed to be part 1 of a 3 part series of bite-sized blog articles. You’re welcome to join me as I explore this topic. I’m not sure where I want to take it. Perhaps you could give me some feedback in the comments area on what aspect of loss you’d enjoy reading more about. Anyone who’s read my blog posts dealing with The Land of the Midnight Sun knows I’ve suffered … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 4

Life Stories class: Cat and Mouse

Note from Coach Cobb: The following is a raw unedited first draft by one of the very talented people participating in my Writing Life Stories class at Shipley Center. I’ve made it a point to tell the class that here and now is NOT the time to edit their writing or each other’s. It is a time to share, a time to learn what people would like to hear more about, a time to discover places in our writing that readers might find confusing, and a time for readers to tell us what they liked best. Lydia, I thank you … Continue reading Life Stories class: Cat and Mouse