There’s No Block in Writing! Just as There’s No Crying in Baseball!

Eleven Writers Share how they deal with Writer’s Block

Remember how Tom Hanks playing the part of Coach Jimmy Dugan in “A League of Their Own” told Bitty Schram’s character Evelyn Gardner, “there’s no crying in baseball?” How many times have you used that line on someone? I’ve used it plenty, on my three sons, on my grandkids, on my friends, and especially in the writing groups I belong to. I think what Hanks’ character wanted Evelyn to understand is that you go out there and give it…

Jumping Off the Cliff of Classic Beginnings

Four tips for grabbing your reader’s attention

How important is the beginning of a story? If you can’t capture your reader’s attention with the beginning, they won’t stick around for the middle or the end, no matter how well written. Give some extra attention to your beginning and it will pay off in more readers and hopefully, more paychecks.

There are plenty of classic beginnings in stories and books to look to as good examples of beginnings that have stood the test of time. Charles Dickens’ historical novel about the French Revolution A…

Pat Hope

Award-winning writer Patricia Hope has published hundreds of articles in a variety of print/online magazines and newspapers and she is the author of 2 books.

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