4 Places

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Where do you like to go for motivation? Maybe you do not have a place, so here is the challenge. Pick and share 4 places that are special to you that give you the needed impetus to write. Having said that, here’s mine.

1.  My easy chair — It is a very comfortable and allows me the privilege to write in the privilege of my living room (lounge for my British readers).

2.  The great outdoors — I love being out in nature. We live in Wyoming close to the Rocky Mountains. When I am walking enjoying the crisp, clean air, it often helps me to find additional ideas of sharing what is in my head.

3.  Church buildings — For many years, I lived in England and just about every village has an old church. Some of these buildings are several hundred years old. Sitting in the church or out in the church grounds, I enjoyed listening to the birds chirping in the trees. It was an external motivator that I do not find so easy now.

4.  Local coffee shops — Sorry, Starbucks, but I think your coffee is over-rated. I like to find little places where the ambiance is just right. Some stores have a little fireplace in the fall and winter time. With a warm cappuccino in one hand and a pen in the other, the ideas seem to flow freely. One of my favorite places had a large selection of books and was like an old bookstore.



A good or bad novel?

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“A good novel tells us the truth about it’s hero, but a bad novel tells us the truth about it’s author.” — G. K. Chesterton

Why is it there?

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Yes, this is a submarine in space. However, why is it there? How did it get there? What is it doing? Is it friend or foe? Submarines are called the Silent Service for a reason, but this picture takes it that concept to a whole new level.

For this writing challenge, use the picture to verbally paint a 500 word (or less) picture. Don’t tell others what you are thinking. Show them!


Library, Museum, or Zoo?

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Here is a little challenge for you. In less than fifty words, answer the question below. You are welcome to leave your answer in the comment section below. Please keep it clean.


Writer’s Block?

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Ever had days where you feel like this?


Just because.

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Ok, a little humor for this afternoon. Thanks, J.L. for the laugh.

Author J.L. Pattison


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The Devil is in the Details: On Descriptive Writing

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This is an excellent article and I really like the concluding thought, “The farther you can pull a reader into your world, the more likely it is they’ll stick around.”

The Daily Post

We often hear that we should “show, not tell” — that we should paint a detailed picture for our reader that lets them see what’s happening, rather than simply narrating.

Easier said than done! All details are not created equal: some detail throws a barrier between the reader and your story, and some detail is (ironically) not detailed enough. How do you tell whether a detail helps or hurts? Here are four things to keep in mind when you’re writing descriptively, and some writers who illustrate them perfectly.

Good detail is relevant.

Including every detail is the written equivalent of your friend who can never get to the point of a story because he can’t remember if it happened on Tuesday or Wednesday, or if it was 1 PM or 2 PM, or if the car was red or blue. Good detail is relevant to the point of your post.

Writer beware! Not…

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