How to Clear Your Clutter, De-Squirrel Your Attic and Find the Inner Architecture of Your Novel

We have squirrels in our house. I didn’t want to tell you this, as it creeps some people out and many of you reading this blog have actually come to my…

This Week’s Writing Prompts: March 3-March 10

Daily Prompt #8 “How you do anything is how you do everything.”-R. Rohr. This is a great insight into character development. Just saying…. Daily Prompt #9: “To be rooted is…

Weekly Writing Prompts March 11-March 18

Daily Prompt #13 For A Nurse In this fragile frontier-place, your kindness Becomes a light that consoles the brokenhearted, Awakens within desperate storms That oasis of serenity that calls The…

Weekly Writing Prompts March 20-31

Daily Prompt #20 “There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.”– William Butler Yeats Daily prompt #21 “Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could…

This Week’s Writing Prompts-Feb. 25-March 2, 2016

Daily Prompt #1 At the Florida retreat, Carmela Pedicini had a great idea for me: to give a daily prompt or inspiration on this site. Let’s see how many days…

What Nerissa “Read” in 2015–Mini Book Reports

(Tiny, mostly useless and underwhelming, subjective thoughts based on listening to these books on Audible.) Note: I could not call myself a reader if it weren’t for Audible. I hate…

Reading and Writing

The night before last, I came up from my writing group to kiss my daughter goodnight. She was wrapped up in her comforter, reading–as usual. The book she was reading…

Who Needs the Bravermans?

I’ve been watching the now defunct TV show Parenthood recently. Skip this paragraph if you don’t want spoilers. I am up to Season 4, and just saw the episode where Victor…

Waking up at 5am to Write

My daughter turned nine this week. Nine is the age of competency in my mind. “The nine-year-old is no longer a mere child,” quoth the fabled child psychiatrist Arnold Gesell….