Bent Wrists Lesson #12: Disclaimers

Almost every work of fiction begins with a disclaimer like this:

…all persons appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real people, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

If you’re a writer, you know that legal statement is hogwash.  We’re told repeatedly to write what we KNOW, so sadly that includes everyone we KNOW.  Everything we write is based on fact—people we know or have seen in the airport, places we’ve been to or researched, etc; these all lead our writing. Continue reading

Bent Wrists 11: Crafting Stories

Okay, class!  Zip your lips and crack those bent wrists into shape.  It’s time for another writing lesson.  Today I’m going to talk about STORIES.

Stories are the most fundamental form of communication.  We live by stories—our own and those of others, real or imagined.  It is how we relate and stay connected.  We NEED stories to maintain our balance and identity.  It’s one of our deepest social needs. Continue reading

Bent Wrists Lesson 8: Cure for Writer’s Block

Image (2)No matter how much you love to write, there is a disease prone to writers that can bring you to a halting stop just as much as a broken wrist.  It isn’t pneumonia…nor is it whooping cough or measles.  The dreaded disease that writers are susceptible to is called Writingmeningitis-rheuma-icky.  Most people know this dreaded 27 letter disease better as WRITER’S BLOCK.

The disease attacks subtly at first.  Symptoms might look like this:  You pull out your laptop to write the next J.K. Rowlings type masterpiece that will make you millions, and you type:

“Once upon a time there was a boy named Larry Hotter…”

And that stupid pause where the ellipsis leaves off is when the disease kicks in and whacks you where it counts—the brain!  Writer’s Block attacks Continue reading

Bent Wrists Lesson #4: Read to Write

Time for another writing lesson!  First off, I thought I’d preach to you and sum up the last lesson.  It’s impossible to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth when you write.  No matter how hard you hit the gavel on the bench…it just ain’t going to happen (excuse my bad grammar).  You’re not in a court of law…you’re WRITING!  Remember that gaggle or google of butterflies from Lesson 3 that’s swarming in the air?  Well, you’re never going to catch them all in writing…but it’s sure FUN trying!

So, here’s another tip from a dip (I love rhyming…even if I have to call myself a dip).  To become a good WRITER…you must become a good READER! Continue reading

Bent Wrists Lesson #2: Let Chaos Reign…or Freewriting

Yellowstone--Obstinate Buffalo

How are your wrists doing?  I hope you’re being careful and using the pointers I gave you in Lesson #1…ergonomic helps, wrist flapping…and if all else fails, a good phlegm filled spit to your wrist.  Keep “carp in tunnel” away so you are ready to WOW the WORLD with your writing—or at least, yourself.

Today’s lesson deals with CHAOS!  (Drumroll please…Dum, dum, dum!)

If you want to enjoy writing, you must be willing to pass through the portal of rules into the groovy world of chaos!  Let me explain before you roll your eyes and click to Facebook to see who’s put up another picture of themselves in front of a mirror. Continue reading