Archive for the ‘Inspiring Authors’ Category

Hearing what’s not on the page.

This month’s blog topic on code-switching got me thinking about my current writing project(s) because, on one level, it’s all about code-switching. I don’t mean just knowing the right words to say in different situations. Code-switching is also knowing what not to say and when to not say anything at all. Code-switching is knowing that […]

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How I Learned to Think: Thanks to Kurt Vonnegut

I don’t do very much creative writing, so not many authors can be said to have influenced my personal writing. However, I do do a lot of thinking. And I have done a lot of reading. If I did write more, I would argue that the authors I have read have influenced my thinking far […]

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Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet, Give Me Something Good to… Write?

No, really. Please. This topic stumped me. I have no idea what to write. Maybe that’s the trick part of writing. Sometimes, writing just won’t come.  No matter how much I want it to.  All the graduate school tears in the world won’t help.  It’s the writing equivalent of egging my house.  I’m all excited […]

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Must Read List

Alice: My Antonia by Willa Cather (Novel / American Literature) Alicia:  The Night Book Mobile by Audrey Niffenegger (Graphic Novella / Modern Fiction) Alison:  Frankenstein by Mary Shelly (Novel / Classic British Literature) Alan: The World Without Us by Alan Weisman (Book / Nonfiction) Dawn:  Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (Book […]

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A Reader Response to Inspirational Authors

Several authors have provided me with moments of inspiration.  The first that comes to mind is Ralph Waldo Emerson who stated in his essay “The Transcendentalist,” “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”   This quote is so simple and yet so true.  I have applied this quote to my life as a writer.  Although writing […]

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The Apron is Mightier than the Pen

The most inspiring author? She was a 50s housewife, her kids drove her crazy, and her typical suburban life could have been called boring.  Yet Erma Bombeck found humor in everyday existence and wrote about life’s joys, challenges, disappointments, even death, inspiring millions of readers through her syndicated newspaper columns, magazine articles, books, and TV […]

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Authors to Emulate

When I think of myself as a writer, I think of the creative works I have written. Creative writing has always been my passion and the area in which I thrive. It is hard for me to pick just one author who has influenced me as a writer, because almost all the authors I have […]

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