Getting Ideas for Writing

Easy as Apple Pie?

Why is apple pie supposed to be easy?

In my years of culinary efforts, I have never found pie making to be easy.

Historically, pie was mentioned as easy, but more for the ease of eating—certainly, not for the baking.

Early in my adult life, I attempted baking an apple pie. Generally, I consider myself a proficient cook, but the pie baking almost conquered me.

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Why Writing and Building a Home Are Similar

… In writing, build your story or premise, one concept at a time, bringing the elements together – sometimes jarringly to create interest. On one wall, you might have a theme color that appears, seemingly randomly, in many places. That theme might be followed up in couch cushions, in images on the walls, in displays in the kitchen of colorful produce. …

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Traveling Wo-man

… The passenger seated next to me commented that another airline has five inches more legroom.  That doesn’t sound like much, but when someone is seated in the same position for hours, having that extra room is important.  After all, even in hospitals they turn patients every few hours to avoid bedsores…

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Writing about Fathers

For many years, fathers were represented as those elusive, wise creatures who left the home in the morning, did battle in the world of commerce during the day, and came home to share dinner with the family. Possibly they might fall asleep in their chair after dinner, but were a household presence. …

Writing about a father now can be a totally different experience. While the ad campaigns still tout toolboxes, fishing gear, and gadgets for the home, many men and fathers no longer focus on those pastimes.   My husband recently commented that it seemed there are a proliferation of men who are chefs….

 

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How to Decide What to Write

You’re on a tight deadline and you need to write.  It might be for a blog, a report, an ongoing writing project, or social media.  Instead of just writing the first thing that comes to mind–which can work, too–try the following approach:

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