Summer Read: Your Creative Writing Masterclass

Searching for a great summer read? 

Back cover: From Robert Louis Stevenson to Mary Shelley, Alice Munro to Stephen King, Your Creative Writing Masterclass guides you through:

  • finding your style
  • generating story ideas
  • creating vivid characters
  • constructing powerful plots
  • crafting your ideal writer’s life

This resource is packed with insight from the masters but what I most appreciate, practically speaking, is the layout. Brief informative chapters lend itself to an enjoyable read. 

It’s perfect for summertime. Read straight through or skip around. It matters not. You’ll learn something with each viewing. 

“Write down the thoughts of the moment. 
Those that come unsought for 
are commonly the most valuable.” 
– Francis Bacon, Sr. 

When Inspiration Wanes

 – image courtesy of 9Words

Nothing and no one inspires like the living active Word of God so it can’t help but lead the way!

God can do anything, you know — far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us” (Eph 3:20, The Message).


Why write? Because you’re alive and breathing and the natural world is a miraculous place that needs to be loved and celebrated and remembered. You do this by paying attention and writing down what you see and hear and smell and touch and taste. Sometimes it’s that simple. -Mark Doty


I think back over the past weeks and the many excuses I’ve made to shortchange my quiet time with the Lord. It’s no wonder my writing is not bearing fruit. I have been trying to do it in my strength instead of His. -Marlene Bagnull, Write His Answer


I am learning to see loneliness as a seed that, when planted deep enough, can grow into writing that goes back out into the world. -Kathleen Norris, A Year of Writing Dangerously


I have spent a good many years since — too many, I think — being ashamed
about what I write. I think I was forty before I realized that almost
every writer of fiction or poetry who has ever published a line has been
accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent. If you write
(or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to
make you feel lousy about it, that’s all.
-Stephen King, On Writing


Reading and Writing and…

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. -Stephen King, On Writing

So, how does one strike a balance betwixt the two?

I don’t pretend to know, but I have decided to take a pro-active approach in 2012 by devising a reading/writing plan.


  • Read at least one book a week, rotating reference types with various genres
  • Write at least one hour a day
  • Maximize pockets of time in between appointments and exercising to read through writer’s magazine subscriptions
  • Keep mini-moleskins handy for serendipitous moments

How do you find time to incorporate both reading and writing into your schedule?

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