- Death Comes to the Archbishop, Willa Cather — well-turned phrases
- Grandkids, Camp RYLA. perception —> memory
- Power of “when” — Zippy. Repetition/attribution
- Awkward sentence examples
- “I'd know who wrote it ...”
- Powerful stories take courage to tell — Jane’s grandson
- Share blog item list
- Respect — for self and others. How learned?
- Curly quotes and stuff like that
- Story organization — build on bones
- How readers think
You may also notice the informality. I use lots of dashes. Sometimes I underline. I generally stick to key words, but there is an index card attached to this list with a whole paragraph on it.
I assembled this list from a stack of index cards and paper scraps. I added the new ideas to the list I keep on the computer, because scraps of paper have a way of disappearing when I need them. I also have a list of personal story ideas, article ideas (in case I ever figure out where to submit one for publication), and quite a few half-finished stories, waiting for inspiration or the time to polish them up.
In spite of all this organization (I do take my own advice in this respect), I’m likely to write about something I’ve recently heard or thought about when I sit down to blog. That’s okay ... the list is a safety net, not a mandate. That being said, if there is a particular item you’d like to see a post about, please mention that in a comment. I love reader requests!
Caveat: If you make a list of story ideas, you give up the comfort of knowing you can procrastinate about writing by not having a story in mind, and you give up many rights to experience Writer’s Block.
Sharon Lippincott, aka Ritergal
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