Sunday, February 26, 2012

Write to Smell

I'm sure you've heard about using your senses to bring your writing alive. Yesterday while hiking, the point came home to roost. While returning along an upwardly angling trail, I was passed by several teens. Apparently, trying to catch up, a boy of about 11 years came toward me  leaping from rock to rock. I veered left to give him more space, but he just flew bye in a single bound. The interesting thing (besides the fact that I hadn't been flattened) was the sweet smell of pink bubble gum as he raced by. In a heartbeat I was a child again. What smell(s) awaken your memories? What books give those details? 
Check out the books page of my website for some of my favorites.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Through Your Eyes

Have you ever heard someone say they are not creative or have no special talents? Some people believe it when they compare themselves to siblings, friends, co-workers, and various other creative folks. I believe every single person has a creative spark and has only to stretch themselves a bit to find it. Comparisons are not useful, because no one has EVER looked at the world through your eyes.