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Weekly Words - a quote, a tool, and a tip for writers

“When you write a novel, you make other people see your imaginary friends.” Tayari Jones

A Writing Tool

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Writing Tip

Keep an idea box. Ideas for stories and characters can appear anywhere: a snatch of conversation overheard at a coffee shop (at least in the old days), the thought that wakes you from a dream, the spark that occurs when something you read connects with an older idea. Keep these ideas somewhere safe - whether it's a computer file, a small notebook in your back pocket, or a box full of inked napkins and scraps of paper. Check-in with your idea box occasionally to keep them incubating. Someday, they may make it into your writing.


There's a Story Here: Zion National Park, Utah, 2020

What story would you write about this photo?

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

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