What Frost Left Out

The less-taken trail houses weird wonders and wandering questions. The path unfurls without guidance: untraversed, untold, and unpaved. No footprints line the sand, only solitude and tranquility, the tranquility only found in solitude, on tomorrow’s autumn road. “The Road Not Taken” is still a favorite of mine, and why not? Is there an English teacherContinue reading “What Frost Left Out”

Why I Love Writing

I believe that you can change the world through writing and other creative works. Maybe it’s not always a simple or obvious process, but each word might be one small step towards a greater journey. One way I see this is through my students. Even those who at first tell me that they don’t enjoyContinue reading “Why I Love Writing”

Anatomy of a Poem

I have completely abandoned all hope of publishing my fiction and have switched solely to poetry. April Fools! Ha. Ha. You are probably grimacing. I am, too. I don’t really understand this holiday. It’s my sister’s birthday, though, which made for some admittedly amazing pranks growing up. I do want to focus a bit moreContinue reading “Anatomy of a Poem”

Tips for Character Dialogue

This video includes some tips and ideas I share with my writing students when they’re writing dialogue for characters. I think these can help not only if you’re teaching students how to strengthen their dialogue, but also as a friendly reminder if you’re writing dialogue in your own manuscripts. What do you think are theContinue reading “Tips for Character Dialogue”

Setting SMART Resolutions

This video is a follow-up to my resolutions post. I try skiing while holding my phone because I don’t have any fancy equipment. (This may already be painfully obvious, but I’m not cool, you guys.) Hopefully, this video can help you set your own SMART resolutions or revise your resolutions if you’re interested. Have youContinue reading “Setting SMART Resolutions”

Descriptive Writing with Imagery

This video is a bit different– it’s an example of one of the activities I use with my creative writing students to help them build their descriptive writing skills. I’ve learned similar techniques in writing courses and put my own sort of spin on it over the years. The technique involves dividing a paper intoContinue reading “Descriptive Writing with Imagery”