Cleaning up

Taking out the trash - Tightening the writing Every Wednesday, I take the trash down the hill to the big can by the main road to be picked up Thursday morning. During the week, we store the trash in metal cans in the garage to keep black bear and other critters from being tempted to …

Writing the Details

How to focus on writing when you are distracted. Sometimes when I sit to write, my mind swirls and swirls. Spring is when this happens to me most often. Like today. We had a wonderful birthday celebration yesterday for my son-in-law, so I have a happiness hangover. To top it off this morning, bluebird skies …

Some Choice Verbs

One of the best ways to strengthen your writing can be found in verb choices.  Consider the difference in the following sentences:                 -The librarian is strict.                -The prune-faced, white-haired, hunched librarian guards library books as        though they were all  first-editions in her private …