Fridays from the Journal — Road Trips

  This essay from Becky Breed is all about summer (which is not that far off.)  Breed is  a veteran poet and essayist.  She co-writes a weekly blog www.writeincommunity.com that provides inspiration and encouragement for writers of all levels and interests.  Want to check out the current edition of Fine Lines?  Follow this link.     … Continue reading Fridays from the Journal — Road Trips

Mondays with Martin: There is More

Editor’s note: This “Mondays with Martin” originally ran back in 2006.  It’s still important reading today.   In 1990, one of my English classes was filled with downtown, street-wise, tough high school teenagers who were one step from expulsion. All of them failed English class before, at least once, some of them several times. They … Continue reading Mondays with Martin: There is More

Mondays with Martin: What My Students Taught Me

This David Martin essay captures a great deal about what it means to teach.  It’s also funny.  (And should have been posted earlier this week.)   In forty years of teaching, some unusual classes have come my way. In elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, community colleges, universities, graduate schools, business workshops, and retirement homes, … Continue reading Mondays with Martin: What My Students Taught Me

The Rabbit Hole of Naming Characters

*Today’s guest post is by author Chris Mandeville How Do You Name Your Characters? Some writers don’t worry much about naming.  They slap a label on a character and run with it.  Other writers dive down the rabbit hole and put excessive amounts of research, thought, planning and creativity into naming.  I’m in the latter … Continue reading The Rabbit Hole of Naming Characters