This article outlines the three main purposes that a good essay introduction should serve. It tries to explain how a writer should write a good introduction to his/her essay.
In the 46th in a series of posts on 2014 books entered for The Story Prize, Nick Ripatrazone, author of Good People (Foxhead Books), explores his awe of words.In his brief essay, “In Awe of Words,” John Steinbeck writes “The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and...
You can affect others’ lives through writing a blog. You never know exactly how your blog might inspire or influence somebody else. If your intention is to try to influence others to your point of view, then blogging might be a great way to express yourself. Read the good tips provided here...
I have been a big fan of Ali Smith’s work for a number of years, having discovered her when I picked up her 1999 short story collection Other Stories and Other Stories. I loved it and indeed the book blog I ran for a few years was called Other Stories in its honour. I was never not going to...
My friend and I always spend a weekend in December creating vision boards for the new year. This is not like making New Year’s Resolutions. It’s a Written Words by Sophia Louise process that requires a lot of time and thought. We ask ourselves what this year has brought and how that feels, and what...
  I've decided that the girl's name is Keiko.  Haven't come up with a name for the baby yet, though.
Last year, I was invited to write a story for a Latin American crime fiction anthology.  The idea was to use elements borrowed from murder mysteries and noir to reflect on the reality in our countries.  I liked the sound of the project, accepted the invitation, and then spent the...
Skyping with 115 first-graders at A. Blair McPherson School in Edmonton, Alberta Although I've used Skype before, I resisted doing Skype classroom visits until recently because I wasn't confident about the technology working properly. Since I first tried Skype, however, broadband services have...
In the 45th in a series of posts on 2014 books entered for The Story Prize, Ali Eteraz, author of Falsipedies and Fibsiennes (Guernica Editions), discusses his quest to crack the code of American writing and why he abandoned his efforts.They say about the poet William Carlos Williams, an...
People communicate differently than they used to thanks to technology that didn’t exist before. If you want to learn about the current big trend of running a blog, this article is the perfect resource. Making comments on other blogs in your niche, is a good way of getting new visitors to...