A Writer In Her Library

When I teach, students often ask me for books that I recommend.  I like Debra Dixon's GMC: Goal Motivation & Conflict; The Building Blocks of Good Fiction.  Debra breaks down how good stories work and why, and helps us create compelling characters that will drive our story forward. Her grids are helpful for evaluating our own stories and making them stronger.  I particularly like how she us...
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A Writer In Her Library

I've missed my Thursday "A Writer In Her Library" feature, so I figured I'd resurrect it.  I've been doing a lot of work with autobiography and memoir lately, and I adore Tristine Rainer.  She has a great book, Your Life As Story,  and I've found it really helpful through the process. One of the first assignments she gives is to write a fairytale of your life's story.  It's an interesting e...
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Make Something Monday – Coloring

  Okay, ever since I started knitting, I've discovered that I'm hip.  Not because I'm, like, hip, or something; but because, apparently, what I'm into is the new black.  My theory is, it's all us X-Geners putting our collective spending power together and making stuff popular because we want to buy it.  Take coloring books, for instance.  I've adored coloring books for years.  My two f...
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I Is For… Inquiry

Curiosity.  What's that they say about it?  It killed the cat?  Not a very auspicious axiom for those of us who are afflicted by it.  The thirst for knowledge can be an anodyne to modern life, the bustle and invasion of distractions in the form of social media and entertainment.  But all that chaotic, frantic chatter is simply the next chapter of the Great Conversation that humanity has been havin...
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H Is For… Home Design!

Used book sales are a lot of fun, because you can find all sorts of things that are now out of print.  I have several collections of different subjects, and one of them is what I've decided to call, Home Design.  A while back I did a series about redesigning my home library, and how the shape of the subjects my husband and I collected told me something about us in the same way an autobiographi...
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A Writer In Her Library – The Shape of the Whole

The Library at Chez NoonyOr, The Ladybug Bed and Breakfast Dining Room and Reading NookI spent much of December and all of New Year's Day organizing my library.  I put everything in order by topic, and then alphabetical by author.  As I did so, I started to realize something:  my library is a clue to myself.  As I am exploring new diary techniques and autobiographical writing, ...
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A Writer In Her Library – Taming the Chaos

I have been a reader for a long, long time.  I started collecting books in my early teens and, despite two deep - and I do mean, deep - purges, I still have a prodigious collection.  The hieroglyphics above is a screenshot of the index I use to keep track of all this bounty.  (You can click on it to enlarge the picture if you're that masochistic.)A couple thoughts about persona...
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A Writer In Her Library – Journaling with Deena Metzger

I’ve re-discovered one of the books in my personal library, Writing For Your Life: A Guide and Companion to the Inner Worlds, by Deena Metzger. I’ve been doing a lot more journaling in the last year and it re-ignited my interest in books about journaling and ways that have worked for other diarists.This particular book has an emphasis on specificity and poetry. She has us examine our observatio...
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A Writer In Her Library – Rainy Day Saturday

It's a rainy day today, so I can't go in the garden and dig up the side plot to plan my broccoli, beans and cucumber.  ~pout~Instead, I thought I'd share my three newest book acquisition (because, clearly, I need more books).  Two of them are related to job search, and the third is a craft book.The first one is What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-C...
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