As the tree fairy, Althea, from my first novel, would say to writers:
Honor the trees that gave their lives for the paper on which your words travel; honor their strength with your strongest word choices, their beauty with your richest imagery, and their deep roots with your most memorable phrases. And if you write only on computers...well, then honor Nature's energy that makes virtual worlds possible!

‚ÄčSusan L. Lipson, Author & Writing Teacher

In my 2006 textbook, Writing Success Through PoetryI officially published the technique I invented  when I first began teaching writing: my "D.A.D. and M.O.M. Techniques for Painting Word Pictures." D.A.D. is memory device to keep writers aware of these three elements for making fiction come alive: Description, Action, and Dialogue. When writers remember D.A.D. as a checklist while writing, vivid scenes result! And revising those scenes with the help of M.O.M.--a checklist to ensure that word choices enrich the Mood of the story, that the Order of details is logical and compelling, and that the Matter that appears in each line actually does matter to the unfolding of the story. So, while D.A.D. guides the initial word painting, M.O.M. guides the revisions, helping writers to find their most powerful words. 

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