Carol S. Mann
Bits and Pieces
“He knew everyone had flaws. People fell from grace all the time. But some people fell further than others.” From “Ferrelli’s Fall” (Creek Songs).
Tag Archives: writing
Ah! Summer in the desert. This too shall pass.
If you’ve never spent summer in the desert, you may have trouble imagining what it’s like, except you know it must be hot. That is what is known as an understatement. In case your curiosity runs a little deeper, let … Continue reading
Flashbacks – Good and Not So Good
What is it about the urge to revisit our past, either in our thoughts or in person? Why do we do it? What are we hoping to feel, learn, experience, see? A few years ago my husband and I decided … Continue reading
Posted in memoir, Reading, Writing Tagged childhood memories, flashbacks, memoir, memories, nostalgia, personal essay, revisiting the past, visiting your past, writing, writing down the memories 8 Comments
Fiction Writing – Like Your Own Political Convention?
Fiction writing is like your own political convention. Pardon me? Really? Okay, hang with me on this. First, let’s look at what happens when you’re writing a short story. I attempted to analyze this conundrum with a story I just … Continue reading
Posted in fiction writing, Reading, short story, Writing Tagged analogy, antagonist, fiction writing, pantser, planner, protagonist, reading, setting, short story, steps in writing the short story, writing, writing process 6 Comments
What is it about a lighthouse?
What is it about a lighthouse and lighthouses in general? They seem to trigger tales of adventure or danger or disaster. They attract artists and photographers who want to capture their majesty and stalwart strength against nature. Writers such as … Continue reading
Posted in Creativity, fiction writing, Finding Ideas: The Creative Process, Inspiration, Looking for Inspiration, poetry, Reading, short story, Writing Tagged couplet, Edgar Allan Poe, fiction, ghazal, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, lighthouse, lighthouse mystique, poetic style, poetry, rhyme, syllables, Virginia Woolf, writing 10 Comments
Pictures and Words
It’s always interesting to see your work in a magazine or journal in its final published form – the layout of the piece on the page, the general tone and feel of the publication, the use of pictures, if any. … Continue reading
Posted in Creativity, memoir, Reading, short story, Writing Tagged being published, curiosity, feelings, mood, personal essay, short story, Six Hens Literary Journal, the Grand Canyon, tone, writing 4 Comments
Thoughts while reading a rejection …
Acceptance and rejection letters come to writers in all forms. Of course, the acceptances are the most fun. You savor them, place them in a special file, even frame them. The rejections are often form notes, maybe with a small … Continue reading →