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
If I were a speechwriter, here's what I would write for every politician, at every level, in our country. To my Constituents: The incidents of violence that are sweeping our nation are tragic, heartbreaking, and unnerving. There is no doubt that we have an epidemic in America that requires action beyond thoughts and prayers, no … Continue reading If I Were A Speechwriter….
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 … Continue reading Engine 23 And The Lookout Man
If we make happiness our primary goal instead of our secondary goal, then we easily accomplish everything else we desire. ~Deepak Chopra Across the country and throughout the world, people are asking themselves the same question: What will my resolutions be for 2018? The "Greatest Hits" of resolutions include weight loss, saying goodbye to cigarettes … Continue reading Being Resolute in 2018: Begin Within
Baltimore and the surrounding suburbs are not lacking in places for creatives, but last Monday night, when I had an hour to myself to write, I struggled with the idea of where to go. I didn't want to head to my local Starbucks (I have 11 - soon to be 12 - within 3 miles … Continue reading Baltimore Havens for Creatives
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
Raw Thoughts of a Creative: November 2017 Edition At the beginning of the year, I set some very realistic goals of submitting six unique pieces in competitions or for publication in new markets, an average of about one every other month. I thought this was setting the bar a little low, to be honest with … Continue reading Paralyzing Times for Creatives