Category: Writing Advice

Raising Voices: Justice For Kinsley
December 7, 2015 Writing Advice A.L. Mabry

Let’s take a collective moment of silence for Kinsley and every other child that has been lost at the hands of an abuser. The purpose of Raising Voices is to teach our children to be confident in their voices, to assure them when they speak up they will be heard. Some of us struggle for

Written: Story Time
December 4, 2015 Writing Advice Stephanie Ayers

Everyone just wrapped up NaNoWriMo, so today will be a short break from all the stress of that novel you just wrote. In fact, I’m going to make this a two part series, sharing one of the first stories I wrote when I picked up my pen again in 2010. Next week, I will follow

One For All, All In Trouble-Discipline Woes
December 3, 2015 Writing Advice A.L. Mabry

As I sat in the car loop, with a hot and grumpy little girl, I peeked in the side mirror to see my son walking stalking towards us. Great, two grouches for the price of one! It was my lucky day. I watched him approach, all angry eyebrows and storm clouds. He flopped into the

Teacher Tales: Insert Buzzword Here
December 2, 2015 Writing Advice Eric Keizer

They’re everywhere we look. Idioms and phrases we hear and repeat become so deeply ingrained in our consciousness that we do not think about, or even realize, that we use these idioms to death. Buzzwords that often mean nothing by themselves take on an almost mystical and enchanted life when they are combined with products

Roots and Roses
November 30, 2015 Writing Advice A.L. Mabry

This week on Raising Voices, I am featuring my younger son, Emeril,who  wrote this poem several years ago after we were evicted from our house and staying at my ex-Mother in Law’s. Emeril is now a bright and witty 16 year old who has overcome the many obstacles life has thrown our way.    

Nancy’s Notes: Meet Nancy
November 30, 2015 Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

Hi folks, Stephanie wants me to whip up a bit of an introduction so …here I am, Nancy E Miller.  My husband of thirty-one years and I live just north of St. Louis, Missouri, just over the Mississippi River.  We have three totally spoiled rotten dogs who run our lives and give us constant love:

Jenn FitzGerald is Mother Spider?
November 27, 2015 Writing Advice Jenn FitzGerald

Who is Mother Spider and why all the arachnids? It is interesting to hear adults get squeamish over spiders. What happened to make everyone so afraid of them? I grew up with a great tale of a spider. It was a heart-felt story of a loving and caring spider with beautiful words. You remember the story. She

Written: That Notorious Black Friday
November 27, 2015 Writing Advice Stephanie Ayers

I love a good deal. What I don’t love is waiting. Especially since by the time I get around to all the places, what I really wanted is gone. I do love Black Friday. I just love it better shopping with my own brewed coffee, in my warm house, in my pjs sans boulder holder,

Treasure Chest Adventure
November 23, 2015 Writing Advice A.L. Mabry

Today’s edition of Raising Voices is from Savannah. Savannah is the daughter of my best friend and partner here on Our Write Side, Stephanie. She is currently a rising high school sophomore. Her favorite activity is singing, and she is an avid soccer, basketball, and volleyball player. Her future goals include joining her high school

You Don’t Annoy Me
November 19, 2015 Writing Advice A.L. Mabry

I prefer a pleasant vice to an annoying virtue. ~Moliere   You don’t annoy me on Facebook. You don’t annoy me on Twitter. You don’t annoy me on a train or in the rain… Well, maybe, on a train… Recently, I have come across countless blog posts complaining about “annoying status” updates. I read one

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