Category: On Writing

iphoneography and writing

How I Blend Imagery & Words as a Creative

Do I love photography more than writing? A question that will never be answered. I’m as much a photographer as a writer, although – alas – my photos haven’t supported me financially in the same way as words. But they do support me in planting the creative bug (seed, sparkler, energy) that I need to keep my writing chops alive… Read more →

What short story does this photo make you want to write?

How to find a whopper of a story

Want an idea for a great story?  Read on . . . I’m an avid iphoneographer and I love driving around town taking shots. This one was taken with the iPhone 6S and the Hipstamatic app. (Sergio Lens, Maximus LXIX film). It’s a picture of the Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first of the California missions. Looking at the picture,… Read more →

Now’s Your Chance to Write a Novel

I write non-fiction books and articles. But do I want to write a novel (or more than one)?  Yes! I’ve been following Joanna Penn for a long time (never miss her podcasts) and was thrilled when she released her brand new course How to Write a Novel. I’ve signed up for the course and am almost finished with Module 1… Read more →

When a Mistake Can Be a Blessing

I walked over to my local coffeehouse yesterday (Mystic Mocha) and on the way home saw a weathered bench that I thought would make an interesting photo. I pulled out my iPhone and snapped. I knew the photo would need cropping and editing, but I was pretty sure I could make something of it. The unedited version is at the… Read more →

How I Got My First Magazine Assignment – and You Can Too

It only takes one yes. After  giving up my childhood dream of being an archaelogist, I turned my attention to writing – specifically writing for magazines.  Here’s what happened: I went to my first writer’s conference in Phoenix, Arizona where the editor of Arizona Highways  told a story about assigning articles to three freelancers. But, as it turned out, only one of the articles… Read more →

How To Find the Heart of a Story

If you’ve read my blog posts: Anatomy of an Article, Parts 1 and 2, you’ll know I’m a great one for note-taking.  Take a minute and read those two posts, then come back and read this . I recently traveled to Aztec Ruins in northern New Mexico, which was once occupied by what we called Anasazi; today the term “ancestral Puebloans” is… Read more →

Writing Themes for July

Canada Day is July 1, Independence Day July 4, and Bastille Day July 14.  Canada Day celebrates the merging of three colonies into a country,  July 4 the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence, and July 14 the beginning of the French Revolution. Do you think that July has a little something special in the air? If you’re in… Read more →