Category: The Writing Life

Weekly Writing: Local news

By Midge Raymond,

Write about a local news story. Begin with the actual story, then take it in a fictional direction — create your own ending, have the main players go off in some other direction, etc. Just have fun with it.

Here’s an example of a recent news piece from where I live: A man burglarized a home, then fell asleep on the lawn of the burgled home; this is how he was caught. (I can’t wait to write about this and see where it takes me.)


Bookstore Geek: The Writers’ Workshoppe

By Midge Raymond,

I was delighted to visit The Writers’ Workshoppe while I was at the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference last week — this spot is a veritable candy store for writers (literally; the store sells chocolate and other goodies).

writers workshoppe

This amazing bookstore and writers’ center offers an abundance of books, gifts (fabulous T-shirts, mugs, coffee, writing implements, and other necessities for readers and writers), as well as writing workshops. Owner (and writer) Anna Quinn‘s vision is that of what every bookstore should be — a hub for writers, readers, and all things literary.


It’s especially fun to browse the stacks here, as Quinn does not merely stock the shelves; she is a curator of her inventory and has arranged books by subject and theme as well as the usual categories, with such sections as “Influential Women Writers You May Not Have Read” and “Best Kick-Ass Female Characters.”

writers as characters

This wonderful spot also offers classes, from weekly workshops to one-day intensives, for writers of all levels and genres. These classes are both literary and hands-on:  offerings include everything from poetry and fiction to social media and blogging classes for writers.


The Writers’ Workshoppe is located in beautiful downtown Port Townsend and is a must-visit for writers and readers … and those who love them.

Weekly writing: Summer memories

By Midge Raymond,

Write about a favorite summer food or beverage. When was the last time you enjoyed it, and what was your first memory of it? Then, write a scene (either from your own life or that of a fictional character) in which this food or drink features prominently.

Another book giveaway…

By Midge Raymond,

It’s not only Short Story Month, but it’s also the anniversary of The Pen and the Bell, the marvelous book about mindful writing by Brenda Miller and Holly Hughes.

Brenda and Holly are hosting a giveaway to celebrate the one-year anniversary of their book — click here for details and to win your own copy.

In case you don’t yet know why you need this book, check out my Q&A with Brenda about the book, writing, and more.

Happy writing!

Weekly Writing: Bugs

By Midge Raymond,

Happy Earth Day!

Today is a day to celebrate all the glorious things about Earth, from beaches to forests to all its magnificent creatures. And, today of all days, why not celebrate those creatures that don’t get quite enough love the rest of the year?

Write about your favorite insect. And why.

Meanwhile, as you celebrate Earth Day, visit Ashland Creek Press to get a free eco-fiction sampler and to be entered in an ec0-literature book giveaway.

And if you’re a reader as well as environmentalist, check out the online community EcoLit Books, where you’ll find articles, book reviews, author interviews, and resources for those who love the planet as much as they love books.