My season preview for the Kansas City Royals is about speed and contact, vintage traits for a team that appears constructed as a sense-memory for a bygone brand of baseball. You can read it at Banished to the Pen.
Randomly think of a thing. Let it bump around your head a bit. If the bumping gets too loud, start writing the words with the nearest writing device. See how far you get. The more words usually mean a higher degree of personal interest. Stop when it suits you.
There's more, of course, but not too much: at fewer than 200 words this has to be the most succinct and effective bit of writing advice ever published.
My granny, my mom's mom, was a heck of a lady. She practically raised me when I was very young. She was my cheering section at ballgames, my enabler at the Entenmann's factory store, and a masterful teller of tales. She had this way of speaking you couldn't quite place, situated somewhere between the put-upon airs of the Mid-Atlantic accent and that of a down-and-out Chicago drunk (though she herself didn't drink much in my lifetime), replete with sprawling vowels and drawling consonants; it depended on the story she was telling.Read More