Becoming Creative

They say that every story has been told. As writers, then, we must somehow figure out how to make our stories original and unique. We must push the boundaries of the expected and come up with creative details, characters, phrasing, and plots. This can be...

Epic Adventures and Writing

One of the highlights of this summer was a trip to San Francisco where we decided to have an adventure. We rented a tandem bicycle and rode it from Fisherman’s Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge. This might not sound like an adventure, much less an epic adventure,...

What’s your writing routine?

Ah summertime . . . no school . . . we have all the time in the world to write. Right? Maybe? How many of you start the summer with big writing plans but then get sidetracked with . . . whatever it is you manage to get busy with besides writing? Maybe it’s watching...

Is your setting a character or a backdrop?

I hope everyone is either having (or had) a happy Spring Break! I had the opportunity to go snorkeling this week. If you’ve never snorkeled, basically you float on top of the ocean and stare down into a completely other world. Everything about it is different...

Does Writing Come First for you?

Every few weeks I have conversation with a student that goes something like this: “Mrs. Isaman, I really want to __________, but I can’t. I’m sooo busy, and I have so much that I HAVE to do.” Generally, whatever is in the ___________ is something that they truly love...

Writing in a Coffee Shop

A while back, I ran an experiment to see if a change in location would inspire or stunt my writing, and I made a happy discovery . . . it helped! My chosen location was a coffee shop because just about every time I enter into one, I see people with laptops. Clearly,...

Blog Break

Ah . . . summer vacation, a time of lazy days sipping lemonade in a hammock with a good book . . . or not.  Maybe that’s what summer looks like for some people, but not this girl! I just got back from Forensics Nationals, a super fun but not so relaxing week...

Draft #1 – Done!!

A few weeks ago, Nathon Bransford, a writer and blogger I follow, wrote a post asking the question “How long does it take you to finish a draft?” My first gut reaction answer to that question was “F-O-R-E-V-E-R,” but sadly, I couldn’t...

Cool Tool to Organize your Writing

I’m the girl who would rather go into an Office Max or The Container Store than the shoe department at Nordstroms. I love any little doo-dads that might make my life a little easier. I like to be organized; I’m not a neat freak, just organized. This past...

Are you a Super Hero?

I participated in my final regular season Forensics/Speech and Debate tournament as head coach this weekend, and last night at the awards, each of the coaches shared something they had learned from participating in this thing we call Speech and Debate. One shared that...

My Next “Epic Adventure”

Whenever I take my Forensics/Speech & Debate team on a trip, the kids somehow manage to go on “epic adventures.” Sometimes I hear about their shenanigans during the event or just after, but most often, I don’t hear about them until much, much...

I’m still a WIP

1) My blog – I finally updated the “about me” page and changed the name of my blog. This is the third name, but that’s okay. It needs to grow with me. It’s now titled, “Speaking of Words, Quilts, and Life.” In reviewing the...

Forgetting Fear

I got back from Sedona yesterday, and my husband commented on the picture of me on Devil’s Bridge that my sister had sent him.  “How in the hell did she get you to go out there?” he asked. He is used to me refusing to even ride a ferris wheel because...

Writing in a Coffee Shop

One of my goals for this spring break was to take my laptop to a coffee shop and write.  Just about every time I enter into a coffee shop, I see people with laptops.  Clearly, there is a portion of the population who find them productive places to work, and I wanted...