story & spark

Marsha McSpadden
Creative writing: a story, some craft tidbits, and some prompts
Created 07 Dec 2020
  • Lessons from Poetry
    21 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Hi, friends. Hope you are well for this week of Thanks. It’s sure to be a busy week for a lot of folks. But I hope you are able to carve out a little time for yourself. To look and to listen. To smell...
  • Lost and found
    07 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Hi, friends. I hope this finds you writing. It’s the height of grading season in this house, and it’s been a minute since I found the headspace to write. But the last two days, I dipped out of the nov...
  • Shifting Points of View
    24 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 4 2
    Hi, friends. The days here are waning, the sun going down earlier and earlier. It’s cool in the mornings and in the evenings and I feel the shift in seasons. The desire to curl up and slow down. I hav...
  • The Scab of Memory
    10 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    Hi, friends. It’s scary season and skeletons and spiderwebs have started decorating my street. Children are deciding what kind of creepy creature they’d like to turn into for a night or two. But what’...
  • Leaning into Mystery
    26 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    Hi, friends. It has been cool here this last week as the seasons begin to shift. Sometimes it feels as though Fall might not ever come, the heat wearing on and on, but for now, she’s here, and I am ha...
  • Are you taking enough risk?
    12 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    Hi, friends. How are you? I am slogging my way through September, this semester. It’s no secret that I have been frustrated with teaching for a while now. Lately, I’ve been reflecting on why this is. ...
  • Writing as Meditation
    29 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 6 1
    Hi, friends. How are you doing? I don’t know about you but the world is just too much for me right now. Sickness and storms and countless other sorrows. I am back at school pretending that all is well...
  • The Future Tense
    15 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    Hi, friends. How are you doing? I’m tucked away at a writer’s retreat trying to get as much novel finished before school starts. I’m trying not to look at the news. But failing miserably. Worrying abo...
  • On Endings
    01 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Hi, friends. The other day someone posed this question: must you know the ending of the story when you begin writing it? If you have read this newsletter for a bit, or know me in real life, you know t...
  • The art of conversation
    18 Jul 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    Hi, friends. Hope you are well and that you have enough writing projects (and ice cream) to get you through the dog days of summer. And books! Don’t forget the books. Story. We’re continuing on with o...
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