Essays and short stories

You read a lot and start to notice patterns emerging in the culture you inhabit. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can wear you down.

A fascinating story about our reluctance to make changes. Continue > >Bob lit up a smoke, and wondered what was next.

The real-life story of Alex Miller and another good example of why we should never give up.
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A frail old man lived with his son, his daughter-in-law, and his four-year-old grandson. He compares his way of working with the way the doctor works. The fresh snow erased the imperfections in a still-transforming area of the south Loop, painting the cracked sidewalks and vacant lots with a coat of temporary innocence. Backhand Media. Continue > >Content continues after advertisement The assignment of the term “avocation” implies the doctor will never be taken seriously as a writer. Whenever you feel you need a friend to lean on, here I am Whenever you call, you know I ll be there Olivia Newton John Let Me Be There Continue > >Read. All work remains the property of the author unless otherwise stated. We leaned together in a human teepee for support, Jill because she was wearing high-heel boots and was five months pregnant and me because of the bottle of wine. The world's most beautiful collection
of inspirational writings! Pages: None looked like they could deliver the thunderous reprimands of the Sister Christopher of my youth. Initially I embraced this advice. These suggestions abound in writing magazines, and are dispensed by people who know something about the craft of writing. At least that’s the impression I always came away with each time I re-read the essay in preparation for discussing it with a My heart pounded in perfect symmetry with each step coming closer and closer to my room. From our friend and British author Peter Hughes.
The last few steps stomping down the stairs where like an eternity, time became still, my thoughts became numb, and everything was in slow motion. Continue > >When your personal income for the year is $597, with $555 of that total coming from a tax write-off for donating a car to charity, you obviously have time to consider the world around you.

Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it.

There is a beautiful treasure inside each and every one of us and this story perfectly describes it.
He had been sitting there all day in front of the computer, pretending to do other things, putting off actually having to be creative. Continue > >A few years ago, when I taught English Composition at a community college, one of the first essays I’d assign students was “The Transaction” by William Zinsser. It may be better just to focus on yourself – as Warren Zevon sang shortly before his death “It’s the land of the brave and the home of the free the less you know the better off you’ll be. ” The cover of the magazine staring back at me is completely filled with a photo of Britney Spears face.
Stories, Essays and Speeches The intention is to flood your brain with wonderful word choices and beautiful phrasing in the hopes that your own writing will follow suit.

When life doesn't go according to plan, or when something terrible happens, remember this advice.

Anytime you're tempted to repeat something juicy you heard to a friend, it would be wise to remember these words from Socrates.
Zinsser points out that to him, a professional writer, writing is a vocation, while to the doctor, it is an avocation. The result was 6 That s how I know Which was strange considering, the thing he desired most was to be truly creative.

Possibly the most beautiful story about a dew drop you have ever read.
My wife and I emerged into a snow-globe world where the flakes came down in clots as large as rabbit tails. The blizzard commenced in earnest sometime between the appetizer and desert. Perish the notion of actually organizing the cacophony of thoughts and images in his head into some sort of coherent story. Almost all of the teachers were endowed with a charming, youthful silhouette. The problem wasn t so much a lack of decent ideas and experience to draw from, but more the ability to cleanly extract just one of those ideas at a time. I was in a deep comfortable sleep when I woke up to loud pounding coming from upstairs. If he managed to pluck one, it wasn t long before the pack In the essay, Zinsser writes about a doctor who has recently begun to write and has experienced some publishing successes.

A thought-provoking story about a powerful king who wants to conquer the world.
I had not yet I always wanna be there. As my mother turned the door knob to my room, I slowly glanced at From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse.
His thoughts were a very close-knit and protective herd. His eyes were blurry, his hands trembled, and his step faltered.
Continue > >Watching you grow, and going through the changes in your life. The

The true story of how two strangers changed each others' lives, in ways they could have never imagined.
The more I read the more I wanted to read, and I even began to read books in genres I had formerly avoided in order to stretch my writing in new directions. I was glad to have any excuse to indulge myself in more time spent reading. Read award winning fiction, critically praised non-fiction, the best in whatever genre you wish to write yourself. Essays and short stories.