Bent Wrists Lesson 9: Cheer Camp for Writers

We’ve had a lot of lessons so far.  Feel free to go back and rehash old material.  Writing lessons never get old.  You finish one story…and it’s back to the drawing board to start again.

Now in any sports event (except maybe curling) there are cheerleaders to motivate the team and spur them on to action and winning!  When you write, it’s important to have your own cheer squad—a friend, spouse, kids…a dog…yourself–because a cheer squad is vital to success!

Learn these 4 cheers and you will be unstoppable in writing!  I’m dead serious!  These cheers are magic and will help motivate you to write like nothing else can (except maybe Zombies).

Ready…begin!  Imagine swirling pompoms and long legs kicking in the air and dazzling smiles and exuberant voices as you do these. Continue reading

Bent Wrists Lesson 7: Weed Your Words

weedingIt’s getting close to that time of year—Spring—when the war begins.  You know what war I’m talking about, don’t you?  The war against weeds!

I despise weeds—especially the thorny spidery ones I can never pull out without leaving the dang root in the ground.  I don’t know what they’re called (I call them all sorts of names in my head—devil weeds, sarlaac weeds—after that scary monster in Star Wars).  Weeds make my yard look atrocious…and if you don’t fight them, they take over and eventually swallow your house and yard whole (like the Sarlaac)!  Don’t underestimate them.

It’s the same with writing!  Just like weeds clutter a yard, Continue reading

Bent Wrists Lesson 6: I Hear Voices

preschool-october 035Do you hear voices in your head?  Well, if you want to write well, that might be a good thing!  Today’s lesson deals with VOICE!  Voice is the way your words SOUND on a page. With a piano, you plink around on the keys and you Hear what you play.  My son plays the trumpet…and boy, oh boy! do I hear the trumpet’s voice (it’s kind of hard not to).

But on the written page, even if you aren’t speaking aloud, there’s a SOUND that words all strung together make.  This is the writer’s VOICE, and it’s amazing!  There are all sorts of voices in literature, and finding your own can be daunting. Continue reading