Category Archives: Val’s Views

A writer is a writer is a writer. We cannot stop writing… well perhaps to eat and occasionally to sleep. Ideas sometimes come so fast that sleep just won’t happen until I write things down.

On the other hand, I am often requested by magazines and newspapers, and even some businesses, to write something — an article, a commentary, a review, an ad even. I collect these when they relate to writing. (Okay, I sneak in a personal or favorite topic item once in a while.)

My collection of some of these pieces are gathered together on this site to share with you. If you’re looking for a particular subject, you may need to do a “Google” or “Bing” search. Or just hit BROWSE and enjoy. Happy reading!

Three Ways to Write; One Reason

There are three ways to write… no wait, there are thirty-three ways to write… no, that’s not right; there are thirty-three trillion ways to write. But there is only one reason to write: because you have to or something inside … Continue reading

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Sentences

Don’t you just love to play with sentences? Choose a subject, a verb, and an object, and experiment to find out how many ways you can combine them to write a sentence; you’ll note quickly there are 50 ways to … Continue reading

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Drawing Sentences? Don’t Cringe – Try It!

Most people are satisfied just to know the difference between a noun and a verb, never mind the identity and function of such things as nominative pronouns, superlative verbs, adjectival clauses, or the dreaded participles. Yet, anyone who writes for … Continue reading

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The Self Story

Some European writer friends and I were discussing American literature one day, when one noticed that we Americans seem intrigued with personal stories, whether told in memoir or in fiction. When I got home I looked at the New Books … Continue reading

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Sadness in One Sentence

The little girl, her dark hair flowing in the breeze and her very blue eyes closed in contemplation, sits in the backyard swing, barely moving her legs to keep it swaying back and forth as she listens to the sounds … Continue reading

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Nature Rocks!

My friends think I’ve gone goofy! But there are a few who know what I mean when I talk about my “experiences with nature” (to put it gently). Let me tell you about them (my family is tired of hearing … Continue reading

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Keeping Up With Life and Language: A Balancing Act

If we’re living life right, we should be able to look backward and forward with equal ease – all the while living actively in the present. Now there’s a balancing act! For any age! Still, looking ahead when you’re in … Continue reading

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Intern, Outtern, Upturn, Downturn, Overturn…If We Won’t Make Up Words, Who Will?

Many words in our crazy language make little or no sense whatsoever – at least as far as root words, suffixes and prefixes are concerned. Take, for example, the word inundated. Is there an outundated? No, but there is a … Continue reading

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Intern, Outtern, Upturn, Downturn, Overturn…Writers I Admire

When I am involved in writing projects and teaching, I sometimes forget that there are others in the world to whom I owe allegiance. If there is such a thing as an author/mentor, I have a few. Here are some … Continue reading

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On Hedgehogs and Foxes

There’s a lovely tale* that describes people into two anthropomorphic psychological classifications: hedgehogs and foxes. Rather than look at what people think, this theory looks at how they think. Hedgehogs are those who glom onto a belief or a system … Continue reading

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