The Other End of the Cemetary

Earlier this month, a childhood friend tragically died. At about the same time, I had an assignment to compose a short scene in present tense. 

Today isn’t as cold as the Ohio Novembers I remember. I’m not even wearing a heavy coat, as I step out of my brother’s truck and onto the grass. My brother walks over to the woman getting out of the truck next to us and apologizes for honking at her on the way in. He hadn’t realized she was part of the procession, too.  Continue reading “The Other End of the Cemetary”

The Art and Science of Writing

Writing is often a scary thing to do. That’s because it often seems more like science than art, and, quite frankly, science is the scarier of the two. Spelling, punctuation, grammar, organization—these are no doubt important aspects of effective writing. They are the scientific aspects. But any composition worth reading is crafted by more than following whatever universal writing laws our English teachers taught us. (Yes, I did just begin a sentence with a conjunction, and I’ll do it again!) When it comes to good writing, the rules need to be bent, even broken sometimes. That’s when writing becomes an art. Continue reading “The Art and Science of Writing”