Peevish Pen

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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A Little Writing

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to write a little every day. Oddly enough, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. So far, I’ve submitted a story to Prime Living and one to The Virginia Writer (already out). I’ve been faithfully cranking out my every-other-week column, “Peevish Advice,” to the Smith Mountain Eagle.

I’ve also worked several times a week on my work-in-progress: my middle-grade paranormal novel, Stuck. I’m four chapters in, plus I’ve got lots of scattered half-page scenes. (Ah, the beauty of computers! What did I do before copy and paste? Now, I can write the good parts first and put them together later.) Last week, I “test drove” my first couple of chapters with the young writers group I lead. They gave me some great suggestions for how to make some parts work better. For example, I had my main character—a girl of almost-eleven—push a girl who taunts her. “Nope,” the young writers said. “A boy might push a girl, but a girl would slap another girl.” I changed the push to a slap. Works a lot better!

But what if I wanted to do just a little writing? Say, a 55-word story. What! A story of exactly 55 words? Yeah, it can be done. Read some at or see the guidelines at if you want to write a 55-word opus.

Sometimes writing just a little is enough.


Blogger CountryDew said...

A little writing every day is a very good habit indeed. I do a lot of writing every day but it's all work and no play, making Country a very dull girl indeed some days.

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