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Category Archives: On Writing
Because I’m frequently asked about my writing process, I’ve put together a collection of selected writings, including blog posts and book talks that elucidate aspects of my process for writing “Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That … Continue reading
My basement office has a window with a view of our bird feeders, so I can take writing breaks by watching the birds . . . our regulars – – a red-bellied woodpecker, downy woodpecker, cardinals, titmice, nuthatches, sparrows, mourning … Continue reading
Lucky, lucky us–two nights in a row of going to the Metropolitan Opera, and tomorrow is the radio broadcast! It happened this way because we had to exchange tickets once my teaching schedule got set.
Last day of 2008–it’s snowing, I’m listening to the Classical Countdown on WQXR–#9 “most favorite work” is Verdi’s “Requiem”–a very special piece of music for me: oh, so, many years ago, my father shared his passion for it with me. … Continue reading
Following up on my last post about the urging readers to consider the writer-the what/why/how she/he does in a piece of writing–check out Diana B. Henriques’ front page article in today’s The New York Times (“Madoff Scheme Kept Rippling Outward, … Continue reading
We had a lively discussion in my Issues in Children’s Literature class at Queens College about the use of ellipses. It seems that young writers are being taught to use ellipses to indicate increasing tension, a use that was new … Continue reading
The act of writing is putting one word after another. That’s why we should start teaching writing by teaching youngsters–to LOVE words, one by one.
I’ve been bouncing between my “outside” and “inside” self, i.e., my “outside” is when I’m teaching, meeting people, giving speeches, signing books, i.e. externally focused. This week had many “outside” days, e.g. On Tues, I did my first book event … Continue reading
Once again I’ve been reminded why I’m hooked on writing–what a thrill when it flows!!!!! What it took was isolating myself for several days; even today, an absolutely gorgeous day, I’m continuing to writing ’cause it’s so much fun!!!!!!