"I was up this morning, early, working on a story;

and it is a mess.


I don’t know what’s going to happen.
I don’t know how it’s going to happen.
But yet, I keep showing up each morning.


I’ve been writing for 24 years now and I’ve learned a few things:

1. Nothing happens...

"I was up this morning, early, working on a story;

and it is a mess.


I don’t know what’s going to happen.
I don’t know how it’s going to happen.
But yet, I keep showing up each morning.


I’ve been writing for 24 years now and I’ve learned a few things:

1. Nothing happens...

You look like a writer. You carry a notebook with you wherever you go. You jot down ideas and scribble sketches. You read books on writing, spend hours in the library doing "research," and attend as many conferences as you can afford. Yes, you LOOK like a writer, but A...

February 1, 2019

Are you ready to play? I'm not talking about smacking someone on the head with a pillow. Or beating someone at a video game. I'm talking about writing. 

Writing is all about playing -- playing with words. Sometimes the greatest fun writers have is not seeing their words...

January 4, 2019

It's a new year -- the time to look ahead, make new goals, and anticipate all the great things that are to come. But the problem with goals and resolutions is this: when we fall short, that anticipation can be quickly replaced with disappointment, discouragement, and d...

December 7, 2018

'Tis the season! We all know what that means . . . holiday dinners, parties, family get-togethers, shopping, and busy, busy schedules. Most years, the only writing that gets done during the Christmas season are personal notes on Christmas cards. That's not necessarily...

November 9, 2018

There it is. The collective sigh when learning that the lesson for the day is on poetry. I know. I've been there. But hang with me a bit. 

Poetry may seem like a unpopular and dying art form, but it can help writers of prose in some extraordinary ways. Think about it. W...

October 19, 2018

Red herrings may smell fishy, but writers, specifically those who write mysteries, can't seem to resist them. Without red herrings, reading mysteries wouldn't be quite so fun. Admit it. 

So what are they? Red herrings are distractions. They lead the main character, dete...

October 5, 2018

Sometimes suspense more about what's not there than what is. Think about places that are usually full of energy and people -- playgrounds, amusement parks, shopping malls, train stations, etc. Then think about what they would look like empty.

OK. Let's take this one ste...

September 28, 2018

Writing is a lonely task. We spend hours daydreaming, getting to know our characters' quirks, enduring their trials moment by moment, and finally recording it all in words on the page. It's easy not to let others into our world, to invade those precious moments we get...

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ABOUT ME

CAROLYN BENNET FRAISER is a published writer and creative writing instructor in Brevard, North Carolina, where she enjoys helping youth find their passion for writing. 

Carolyn is available to speak to children and youth about creative writing at your school or special event. 

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