Terrytown's Library

Terrytown's Library
Raised in Terrytown, Louisiana

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Writing Challenge

My writing challenge today is to create a character; who is she or he and what situation is this character going through, and what do I think are the steps this character will take to get through their situation. I usually simply start writing from a word or phrase, but this time I'm going to start with a character and see what happens. I do believe that you have to have more than one way to start a story draft.

My other writing challenge is to write a researched story while I'm writing stories that are based on my life. We'll see how that goes. I'm going to start working on a story set at work, which I've had trouble writing. The character challenge will be a great way to try and begin this story as well as to rewrite stalled stories.

I'm so excited about being admitted into the University of Tampa's Master of Fine Arts Program. Between now and then I'm using my time to write and rewrite short stories and I'm thinking of writing a novel while I'm writing short stories.

Saturday, February 11, 2012


I cannot believe that I was accepted into University of Tampa's Master of Fine Arts program (low residence/long distance). I am so excited. I start in June and will be studying fiction writing. I have so many story ideas and I'm excited to write them all.

The two stories that I submitted as part of my application package are stories based on my personal experiences, my childhood. This has helped me to see that there should be some element of ourselves in the stories that we write.

Now that I'm here, I have to look, not only at the present, what comes next, but also the future, what comes after graduation.

I start in June, but I start writing and researching today. I cannot believe that all of my dreams are about to come true.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Writing About LIfe

I wonder what story I can get out of going to The Children's Museum with my niece, mom and sister. There were several activities for the children to participate in; clay-sand for the children to build beach sculptors, an area for painting, pulley exhibits, shopping, along with other exhibits. A half an hour to an hour before the museum closed, there was a performance of ribbon dancing. It was beautiful.

I could ask myself what this looks like to a mother who is spending the last day with her child. Perhaps it's because the husband received full custody. What is she thinking as she goes through The Children's Museum with her child?How about the person who comes in without a child. So many possibilities to imagine. Let's start writing.

Before I forget, we are in the middle of Mardi Gras. I don't think I've been since I last lived in Louisiana.