The Not So Good:
The Final Word:
Bossypants was a good read, not something I’d call a must-read, but definitely worth a look, especially when on the go. I liked that I could put it down for days and come back to it with no trouble. And it was much more interesting to read than most memoirs. Humor makes a difference. Memoir writers can learn from the good and the not so good.
The best writers write every day. Practice and consistency are essential to success. Set aside some time today for writing. Write a paragraph, a story, a chapter of a novel—whatever works for you, using the following prompt. If you’re brave enough, share it here on Tumblr! Critiques will help you grow as a writer too. If you share, be sure to tag #redpenandleopardprint! I’ll check out your writing and offer my thoughts.
Tick, tick, tick. Jordan’s eyes were glued to the clock. He had tuned out Professor Stewart for the last half hour, focusing instead on daydreams about the upcoming break. Tick, tick, tick. Just a few minutes.
After class, he and his buddies would hit the road for their last vacation together as students. Each guy was heading a different direction after graduation, and they had no idea when they’d see one another again. They had determined that this trip would be epic.
"All right, class, that’s it for today. Try to not get in too much trouble over spring break. And remember you have a paper due when you get back. No excuses," Professor Stewart said. Jordan slid his notebook in his bag and was out the door in seconds. It was time.
What happens next? Where do they go? Do they get into trouble? Do they have bad luck? Is the vacation awesome? Tell the story! Have fun, and remember to share!
The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.
People share, read and generally engage more with any type of content when it’s surfaced through friends and people they know and trust.