Writing about what hurts

Ernest Hemingway said, “Write hard and clear about what hurts”. Why? Writing is hard enough. It’s hard not to have a fear of judgement when writing in general, why open oneself up and share one’s darkest moments? Isn’t it good enough to just craft a good story, follow a decent outline of some sort, and…

Revisions: the returns of the writing world

  “Christmas is saying thanks for some gift you’ll return” Francesca Battistelli belts out. We all know that December 26th is a big day for gift returns and that gift giving is one of the most stressful parts of Christmas. Writing is kind of like gift giving.  It’s hoping that the reader will like this…

Better Me: the Game of Growth | The Tabletop Letters

This is not a traditional game but is a platform for conversations and unique challenges. The play begins in “The Forge” and the game play loops around on itself so there is no clear end to the game.  My husband and I played until we were both “fulfilled” in each category. When we played with…

In the Bleak Midwinter – Solstice Wishes

The star wheel has turned and even though we’ve had a warm winter with the drought and wildfires it still feels bleak.  Gray has finally washed over the landscape.   The solstice is here and with it I’ve made a silent wish for peace in myself and in the world.  We watched Vice news last…

Diversity in Writing 

In my writing I try to include characters that aren’t white Anglo Saxon Protestant men. I try to write about people of color and with different backgrounds. Right now I’m researching writing gay characters because I don’t feel confident about the four characters I’ve written so far that have been homosexual. This is an unfamiliar…

#MondayMotivation Christmas Time is Here

It’s Christmas Time and getting in the holiday spirit can be a challenge. Winter has never been my favorite season and with my father passing away at Christmas time a few years -ago, this is not an easy time of year for me. This time of year is quite busy for us — it seems…