Monthly Archives: October 2010

In Support of Sustainable Fishing

Writers’ Trigger: One of the best reasons to join a book club is that you end up reading books that you would have never chosen. Most of us get in a rut – we read the newest books by our … Continue reading

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On the Bus to Mexico

WRITERS’ TRIGGERS: I recently read The Art of Fiction– as valid today as it was when published in 1933. John Gardner responds to that common advice: “Write about what you know.” Quoting Gardner: Nothing can be more limiting to the … Continue reading

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Tumamoc Hill, Tucson, AZ

Writers’ Trigger: Haiku is an unhrymed Japanese poetic form of three lines consisting of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. The images are from the natural world . From Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) the most famous of Japanese poets: Falling upon earth, … Continue reading

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Heading South

Writers’ Trigger: When teaching poetry, I begin with syllabic verse. No worry here about meter and stress, just pay attention to the number of syllables. We begin with Haiku and then move on to longer works. “The Fish” by Marianne … Continue reading

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When is an egg a Person? Colorado Amendment 62

Writers’ Triggers: One time-tested way to develop your characters is to brainstorm character traits. Once suggestion by Cathy Birch, author of Awaken the Writer Within, is to start with ten categories: clothes, moods, food, colors, friends, pets, music, hobbies, talents, … Continue reading

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Greg Pike – Lawnmower Man

Writers’ Trigger: Once you start writing on a regular basis, you move beyond following the plot when you are reading the work of others. You start attending to the¬†craft. You begin reading like a writer – thinking about what works … Continue reading


Making Your Mark

Writers’ Trigger: Do you ever read the obituaries? It probably depends on your age. The older you are, the more interest you take in obituaries and tombstone¬†inscriptions. Many obituaries indicate the ways in which the deceased made his mark. Visit … Continue reading

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Keep Your Sissors Handy

Writers’ Trigger: An interviewer from The Paris Review asked Joyce Carol Oates to describe the perfect state for her to write. Her answer is as follows: “One must be pitiless about this matter of “mood.” In a sense, the writing … Continue reading

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