Most writers have those go-to books that stimulate writing and prompt ideas. Monica Wood's The Pocket Muse is one of those books for me and for most of the students I've taught. Monnie's prompts force writers to twist their understandings and think more creatively. Here are three examples:
–Write about a noise–or a silence–that won't go away.
– Until _________________, nothing notable had happened in the town of Madison since the year of its founding. (Now, keep on writing.)
–Use the following verbs in any way you wish:
racket snug green spoon boggle snake
They're not all verbs, you say?
"Jeremy is racketing across the lawn as we speak."
"Can you hear earthworms snugging out of the ground as the sun greens the trees?"
–Verbs are sometimes a matter of opinion.
A used copy of The Pocket Muse can be purchased for pennies. My advice... invest.
Monday, August 10, 2015
|The Story of Mount Washington |
by F. Allen Burt
I convinced myself some years ago that I had read this book as a young man. But I'm certain now that I only spot read various sections. But now I will.
I doubt many from my family have read this book. It's curious how that happens. I've noticed it in my own career: family members haven't read my books or articles. I wonder if it has something to do with the way we view authors as–would it be–other-worldly. Or perhaps it's more like, "Well, that's my brother or grandfather or aunt... what does she have to say me?"
No matter. It's time to read Grandpa.
Posted by Rich at 9:11 AM
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Wow... Three cheers to the process. What an absolute treat to listen to Friday's readings. We heard personal stories about gardening and family, laundry and marriage, what we leave to others,
and sailing/cruising x 3. What better way to spend a Friday morning in July than with
As always, click on the first photo to enlarge and scroll through the entire collection.
Posted by Rich at 4:15 PM
Friday, July 17, 2015
During our 4th day, the penultimate, Pete took us on an uproarious hiking adventure with Bill Bryson while Ricky treated us to homegrown goodies and a book talk on Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate. Throughout the week we've discussed various revision techniques, and on Thursday morning, I passed out a sheet with seven of my favorites.
|From Classroom Revision Strategies|
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Posted by Rich at 6:55 AM