Mad March Hares


by Joe Massingham
Assistant Poetry Tutor at Creative Writing Institute

The expression ‘mad as a March hare’ comes from early European communities that, almost two thousand years ago, observed hares (and probably other animals) when they emerged from winter hibernation leaping and dancing about in the spring sunshine.

Their dancing had a more important role than enjoying the warmth and stretching of their legs. It was, in fact, the first stage of a courting ritual which had the production of offspring as its ultimate goal, thus ensuring their survival and strengthening of particular species. The hares may have seemed mad to a casual onlooker but like most actors in nature’s theater, they had a clear role to play. In many ways, our first steps into the writing world might be similar to the hares’ emergence. We get the urge to write; we twitch and hop, type and scrawl, and generally carry on as though some grand new world anxiously awaits our donation. A few tentative tries may bring the despair of non-success. Where to now in our quest to become a writer?

Well, like the hares, we have to learn. They observe their elders and betters in the hare world. If we do the same in our world, we’ll soon see that would-be authors learn from the more experienced.

Writing interaction may come in adult learning classes or online writing forums. In a world where time seems to be in shorter supply than ever, an online writing course may be a good choice. At Creative Writing Institute, you can work one-on-one with a private tutor. You will learn five times faster under private tutelage and the price will be less than what you would pay for instructor-driven classes where attention is divided among students because CWI is a nonprofit charity.

Personal feedback is a bit like the hares chewing fresh grass in the spring. Experiment with it. Take a few nibbles and see how you like it. It’s a safe and inexpensive way to learn the craft of writing. Choose your own field to dance in and increase your chances of writing success.

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Reuse those Articles!

Ways to Recycle Your Articles

by guest blogger, Hope Clark

1. Create an Ebook

Categorize, edit, marry the topics into sections, and voila! An ebook. Give it serious attention, though. Your posts WILL need editing, trust me. Time tends to show us how our writing has improved, and some topics get a tad stale in the interim as well. You must keep your material fresh!

2. Fluff them up for recycling

Take your posts and connect them to current events or more recent changes, mantras, fads or lessons. Your
old material takes on new life with the latest added to it.

And you thought your blog posts were just free writing that had no financial worth!

* C. Hope Clark is author of Lowcountry Bribe – A Carolina Slade Mystery, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Bell Bridge Books ( See her author site at . Hope is also editor and founder of ( – a writer’s resource recognized by Writer’s Digest Magazine for its 101 Best Websites for Writers for the past eleven years.
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Whether a webinar, conference presentation, podcast or coaching, identify the subjects that address the same topic and see if there isn’t a thread of a theme there. If you have as many posts as I do, you might have multiple classes available.


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You are Your Worst Critic

Valentine Month Editorial
by Deborah Owen
Why does everything you write have to be perfect? Why must you be your own worst critic? You sweat and stew over churning out one typewritten page until the pleasure is gone from that greatest of all gifts – writing.

Why do you write? Is it not for pleasure? Is it not to give voice to that which lies within? Is it not to lather words in and around your soul until they cannot be contained? And thus you ponder, pander and play with characters, disguising in anonymity the events, episodes and people from your own life until the whole bursts forth as a new found infant.

As a new mother labors to bring her baby into the world, you cannot deny that which refuses to leave… the desire to write. Love it. Nurture it. Move it up the line of priorities until you reap the satisfaction that calls to your heart. Learn the trade at  Creative Writing Institute  with a private tutor. Give yourself a Valentine present. You deserve it. Sign up today and start tonight!

Stream of Consciousness Writing

What is Stream of Consciousness?

by Brent Middleton

When doing creative writing, do you find yourself wanting to experiment with style? Stream of consciousness is a great way to step outside humdrum writing boundaries.

Stream of consciousness is a narrative device that describes the flow of thoughts in the minds of characters. It’s a great alternative to directly convey the thoughts of your characters, but be aware, stream of consciousness is a significantly harder writing style to perfect, characterized by random thoughts and a lack of punctuation.

A fantastic example of stream of consciousness writing can be found in Virginia Woolf’s novel, Mrs. Dalloway:

What a lark! What a plunge! For so it always seemed to me when, with a little squeak of the hinges, which I can hear now, I burst open the French windows and plunged at Bourton into the open air. How fresh, how calm, stiller than this of course, the air was in the early morning; like the flap of a wave; the kiss of a wave; chill and sharp and yet (for a girl of eighteen as I then was) solemn, feeling as I did, standing there at the open window, that something awful was about to happen …”

In the passage, Mrs. Dalloway breaks away from the retelling of her story to relive it. She reflects on the air and the feeling it gave as her thoughts naturally flow between the present and memories. Though it may seem daunting at first, there are many valuable resources at your disposal to begin learning stream of consciousness writing. Here are just a few:

  1. net:
  2. Wikihow:
  3. Qwiklit:

Look to Creative Writing Institute for all your writing needs.

Resolutions for the New Year

Re-ignite your writing passion

by Fahreen Gani

New Year means resolutions for most of us. Finishing a novel might be yours, but how many will achieve that goal? Take this survey to find out.

Do you leave stories unfinished?

Does every story have to be perfect before you submit it?

Do you shred your work (and confidence) every time you edit?

Do you fail to write two or more days per week?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are suffering from Bad Writer’s Habits Syndrome (BWHS). Studies show it can develop into a serious case of writer’s block, which  if left untreated, can culminate in psychological writer’s death, evidenced by lack of ideas.

If that triggered a little panic, great. It means the writer within is still alive and your story can be salvaged.

To see how advanced your BWHS is, you need to do a passion scan. Ask yourself this: has your passion for writing cooled due to frustration, rejections, and plot paralysis? After assessing the why and what is causing the lack of excitement, take a deep breath. Here’s how you can reignite your passion.

Delve into your mind, heart and soul. Ask yourself why you want to be a writer. Focus on those answers to stir your passion.

To keep your Bad Writer’s Habits Syndrome in check, take the following steps when necessary.

Keep a bottle of ideas handy. Although they are everywhere, keep your notes updated.

  1. Don’t wait too long to use them and don’t churn them out too quickly. Be patient,      and allow them to take on a life and grow.
  1. Do regular writing checkups. Do you use repetitive words? Do your grammar skills need work? Find your weaknesses and strengthen them.
  1.  Borrow a cup of encouragement from a friend.
  1. Supplement with doses of Self-Motivation.
  1. Take a shot of Constructive Criticism from a peer.
  1. For a speedy recovery and booster, take a writing course.
  1. Participate in a contest.
  1. Research your setting.
  1. Conduct interviews with your characters.
  1. Figure out what’s wrong with an old story.
  1. Use active voice instead of passive.
  1. Do writing exercises. Flex those writing muscles every day.
  1. Working on novels and stories gets exhausting. Take frequent breaks to preserve your sanity and keep your piece fresh.
  1. Distractions can be injurious. Avoid them. When the perfect word eludes you, don’t give in. Highlight the area and go back to it later.
  1. Read! It produces antibodies (new ideas) to fight writer’s block.
  1. Discipline will bring success. Enjoy your writing.

Make these your new year’s resolutions. Flaunt your writing masterpieces. Enter contests this year and we will applaud you for overcoming bad habits.

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Help us Find the Mystery Lady

Creative Writing Institute and the Mystery Lady
by Deborah Owen

Creative Writing Institute has an amazing story lurking behind the scenes. We seek the woman who inspired our creation. The woman whose name we don’t know. The woman we have never met and cannot find. The woman who doesn’t even know we exist. We call her… the Mystery Lady.

In the spring of 2008, I browsed the net and happened across an article. The woman’s beautiful smile reached out and grabbed me. I could not escape until I read that article. She told the story of her success as a businesswoman until the day she discovered she had cancer. As her body wasted away, friends and coworkers became uncomfortable in her presence and at length, only immediate family remained. Bald, sick, suicidal, and dying, she decided to do something she had always wanted to do – write.

At first, she wrote a couple of times a week. Then, as short stories painted new worlds into existence, she discovered it relieved her stress. She didn’t realize she had stumbled across a scientific method called writing therapy.

Combined with medical treatment, she not only experienced a full and miraculous recovery, but also returned to the hospital where she had been a patient and shared her story with other cancer patients. She encouraged them to write stories, picked them up and made comments on them, and returned them to the patients. The article concluded by saying that the Mystery Lady had one desire – to take a writing course.

A week later, I was still thinking about that lady. I decided to gift a course and privately tutor her, but to my dismay, I couldn’t find the article again. I now realize that by not finding her, I felt called to carry her torch. So I began to wonder:

1. Why couldn’t a writing school be a non-profit organization that could scholarship thousands?
2. We could educate and encourage sick children
3. We could train the unemployed
4. We could give senior citizens new purpose in life
5. Public tuition, grants, and donors could support the scholarship program

The possibilities were endless! So here we are. Creative Writing Institute still seeks the Mystery Lady. We want to tell her how far her courage has reached, but who is she? Where is she? We think she’s in Dallas or Austin, Texas. We must find her to tell her… one person CAN… and DID… make a difference. YOU can make a difference, too. Here’s how:

1. Any size gift will help, especially monthly support. Send your tax deductible donation to or mail to:
Creative Writing Institute
9702 E. Washington St.
Ste. 400-318
Indianapolis, IN 46229
2. We have a volunteer team that gathers writing articles, posts social networking, helps with office duties, fundraising, research, develops the reference room, etc. Some jobs require no experience. Even if you aren’t a writer and you can devote only 10 minutes a day, we have jobs that you can do. Just write to me at
3. Donate a product or expertise and write it off as a tax deduction.
4. Donate ad space on your site.
5. Carry our link.
6. Recommend this site to everyone you know.
7. Help us find the Mystery Lady!
9. Click on our blogs, “like” us, and make comments to help our ratings.
10. Sponsor a cancer patient for $260 (includes a private tutor).

So how about it? Wouldn’t you like to make a difference in life? You CAN by donating here. Will you? Thanks for dropping by!

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