My computer has a curfew from 9:00 pm through the first 2 hours of the next morning. It’s not in trouble. It’s not grounded, nothing punitive at all. My self-imposed computer curfew boosts my creativity and productivity. The reasons are simple and straightforward. The restriction helps me: avoid mental clutter, because my best ideas frequently
Free-Write So let’s see, I’m writing about “Free-Write” today but I’m not really sure where I should start. I could mention – I will mention – that I first learned of it in a graduate class, Writing With Skill and Influence. Dr. Jerry Jenkins was one of the two professors for the course and
Tip: How to quickly choose between “_____ and ME” or “____and I” Most of us get the idea somewhere along the way that “I” is proper, “me” is not. As a result, we’re right about half the time. To quickly determine which to use, say or read the sentence leaving the other person out for
“Do you have to be somewhere?” he asked from behind his coffee, “Or do you just not want to talk to me?” . I came to with a start. “No! I’m good.” . “You’re clocking every few minutes. Do you have somewhere to go?” His tone was gentle but confronting. I’d given my new friend
In our family we use a term, “The Ransom Version” – which stands for: Let me take all the time I need to tell you everything you need, want, or even might think you could ever use about whatever-it-is. I’m adept at it, but it only works with family – and only a few of
Ants are interesting and even necessary to our eco-system, but I never invite them to my picnics. Just like I didn’t invite that passive verb “are” to my very first sentence. We’ll leave it there, though, so you can decide how you’d replace it once you finish this. You remember passive verbs from grammar, right?