Author Archives: Barbara

Structure: How A Limit Can Promote Creativity

My nephew had just been born, making my brother the first of our three siblings to become a parent. I was amazed. I sat on his couch, holding the tiny bundle of joy tucked into my shoulder, feeling nothing but peace and contentment. I was in awe. I wanted to write about it. I wanted…

What High School Students Can Teach Us about Voice

“Um. So I finished a draft, but I don’t think it’s very good.” “Mmmm,” I nodded and continued to read. “No, really, I just—“ “Oh, that is so great: I am a 5’8 scrawny, giggly, friendly girl; I don’t think I’m the ‘tough’ type. Great line!” Amanda glowed. Like many of the high school seniors…

Omit Needless Words – Meet the Word Count and Electrify your Prose

“Professor— “Sven. Call me Sven.” Pause. “Really?” As a sophomore in the middle of the relentless series of survey classes for English majors, I was hardly inspired by the 6’3, mostly leg, dark-haired male with the scruffy beard and the wild eyes. I had no idea that hidden among period texts like Sir Gawain and…