In Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life, author Anne Lamott recounts her late father's advice to her brother: Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We… Continue reading Bird by Bird
Part 1 and Part 2 of Jenny's Story, in case you missed them. Jenny had lots of funny ideas to write about—Teletubbies, quesadillas made-to-order in Math class, Ashton Kutcher, among them. But could any of these funny ideas be transformed into a story? A story worth sharing with college admissions officers? As a next step, I… Continue reading Jenny’s Story, Part 3
Last week we met my client Jenny. You can read the first part of her story here. "Yes!" I said to Jenny. "You can write about funny!" She'd already told me a few stories that had me in hysterics. How she kept a Teletubby costume in her locker that she trotted out regularly. How she convinced her little… Continue reading Jenny’s Story, Part 2
Our essay brainstorming session was going nowhere until I asked Jenny one simple question.
High school juniors: Are you already dreading the thought of having to write college application essays? Do you worry that you won't have anything to write about? That you don't have a story? Stop worrying. You DO have a story worth telling. We all do. The key is discovering your spark—the part of you that makes you… Continue reading Find Your Spark!