“One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment.” ~Hart Crane
"We give thanks for the invention of the handle. Without it there would be many things we couldn't hold on to. As for the things we can't hold on to anyway, let us gracefully accept their ungraspable nature and celebrate all things elusive, fleeting, and intangible. They mystify us and make us receptive to truth and beauty." --Michael Leunig
Make a list of things you can hold on to--or try to hold on to.
Make a list of things you can't hold on to.... [Continue Reading]
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which (s)he has overcome.” --Booker T. Washington
Make a list of the obstacles you have overcome in life. Choose one to write about in detail. Tell us about the obstacle and what you had to do to overcome it. Tell us the whole story, not just the headlines. Show us through your words, what an incredible challenge this was for you.... [Continue Reading]
"I give assignments to my writing classes because it's hard to make something up out of a clear blue sky...It doesn't have to be anything. It can contain a character who shows up out of breath. It can contain a lake and a bunch of swans. There can be conversation or silence. It can take place entirely in the dark. I have learned we do better when we're not trying too hard--there is nothing more deadening to creativity than the grim determination to write." --Abigail Thomas