The Writer’s Craft: Rethinking Structure When Drafting

I'm not much on labels, but in 1981, Betsy Flowers published an article in Language Arts that talked about the four different kinds of writers. Without going into too much detail, here they are: Madman: Unleashed, uninhibited writing that's a free-flow from brain and heart to parchment. Architect: Planned structures of the story, plotting out … Continue reading The Writer’s Craft: Rethinking Structure When Drafting

Engine 23 And The Lookout Man

Engine 23 And The Lookout Man An Original Short Story by Rus VanWestervelt(Note: I wrote this story last fall for a local horror story contest. Although I did not win, I am extraordinarily happy with how this story turned out. The word limit was 3,000, and I had overwritten by 1,500 words, which I had … Continue reading Engine 23 And The Lookout Man

Baltimore’s Nasty Press Holds Fundraiser, Provides Platform For Local Voices

It all started last summer with a cool sticker at Open Works in Baltimore. For five consecutive Fridays, I had the good fortune of working with 25 teens in Baltimore City through the Bloomberg Arts Internship Program. We met at Open Works, a collaborative space for creatives. In the main lobby, between the classrooms and … Continue reading Baltimore’s Nasty Press Holds Fundraiser, Provides Platform For Local Voices

Life Story Strategies: Understanding the Difference Between Memoir and Autobiography

(Each week, I will be responding, in depth, to questions I receive on my Memoir Writing Group on Facebook. The group is free, and we focus on the art and craft of writing our life stories.) A few days ago, a new writer to our group, Billy, posed this query: "I have several ideas for … Continue reading Life Story Strategies: Understanding the Difference Between Memoir and Autobiography

Crafting The Unconventional Story

I've been writing a long time, and when I go back and read my earliest works written in the 1980s, I see a lot of experimentation and non-conformity while still sticking to the basics of story structure: a defined beginning, middle, and end falling neatly within the boundaries of the standard plot sequence. Although I … Continue reading Crafting The Unconventional Story

Offering The Creative Collective To Artists, Writers, and Creatives

Yesterday, out of a strong desire to create a "safe space" for creatives to share ideas, prompts, strategies, and inspirations, I created a new Facebook group called The Creative Collective. Here, writers, artists, and all creatives now have the opportunity to share and be inspired to rediscover and strengthen their creativity. Nothing is being sold … Continue reading Offering The Creative Collective To Artists, Writers, and Creatives