Successful Women of Israel

stories featuring Israel's successful women

Month: August 2012

What’s In A Name?

You’re writing a creative writing piece: a short story, a novel, a screenplay. Your characters are compelling. You love them. But now you have to name them.

How are you going to decide?

You could choose randomly using one of those name generators some fancy writing programs have or you could choose the first name of your favourite childhood celebrity and the last name of your grade five teacher. In fact you could devise many ways of coming up with random names. I’m here to tell you don’t. read more

To Publish Or Not To Publish (the Imperfect Blog Post)

I recently read somewhere on the internet that it’s better for a blogger to not to post than to post a not-so-great post. I wish I could remember where I read it because it was a worthy post though I don’t agree with the opinion offered.

In my humble opinion, all blog posts are not created equal. Bloggers are people. Yes we strive for perfection. We like when you read our material. We love when you return to read our material. And we’re ecstatic when you care enough to comment on our posts. But some days are off days. Any writer or athlete can tell you. Some days, no matter how much effort you put in, it somehow just isn’t reflected in the results. read more

I Like Conflict

Don’t look at me that way. I do.

Conflict is essential. Every story needs it. Every scene needs it. If it’s lacking you’ll stop reading.

As a writer conflict inspires me and pushes me to get more creative. I suppose you could even say it make me tick.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not a violent or angry person by nature. But that does not mean that I won’t envision pushing you into Meteor Crater because you told me that I neglect my children.

The beautiful part about being a writer is that I can turn the effects of conflict dross into something positive and hopefully even beautiful. I’m not sure conflict offers that advantage in other lines of work. read more

Survival of the Fittest – Choose Well

Hey you. Ya you. Stop urinating on me.You’re in a garden not a washroom. Clearly I’m not as desperate for moisture as you think I am.

If you were a plant what type would you be? Would you be a big thick generous tree or would you be a silent thorny rose? Would you stand tall in a forest of trees, all who look just like you or would you be that exotic plant that has not yet been clearly identified.

Try it.

Picture yourself in a private garden or perhaps a public one. In a rainforest or in the arctic tundra. As a plant. Not as yourself. What would you choose? If you want to learn about yourself or if you want an interesting writing prompt this is it. Dig deep down. Get into the mindset of needing soil and moisture. Perhaps even love. Maybe love especially. read more