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Writing Road Trip

Lisa Bullard

Tunnel Vision

Dri­ving through a tun­nel effec­tive­ly nar­rows our field of vision. The walls and ceil­ing restrict our view to only that which is inside the tun­nel. It doesn’t mat­ter if there’s a moun­tain parked on top of the roof, or an ocean of water being held back by the walls: when we’re inside the tun­nel, those […]

Lisa Bullard

Just Another Roadside Abstraction

For this week’s writ­ing road trip, I offer you tex­ture. I aim for an abstract ele­ment of a real­is­tic sub­ject and use tex­ture to add inter­est and sug­gest depth. —a quote that to the best of my research abil­i­ties I find attrib­ut­able to artist Mar­garet Rose­man. I liked the way the above quote spoke to […]

Lisa Bullard

Anti-Tailgating Measures

A few years ago, a coun­try high­way I reg­u­lar­ly dri­ve in the sum­mer became part of a pilot pro­gram to stop tail­gat­ing. Large white dots were paint­ed on the road, and new signs instruct dri­vers to keep a min­i­mum of two dots between them and the car they’re fol­low­ing. Rear-end col­li­sions are a dan­ger on […]

Lisa Bullard

(E)motion Sickness

Most of my many school vis­its have been amaz­ing, pos­i­tive adven­tures (see my post titled “Trav­el­ing Like a Rock Star”). A few of my vis­its have fea­tured minor bumps in the road. And one school visit—thank good­ness, one only!—might be bet­ter described as a major traf­fic inci­dent. It hap­pened when I was still a “new­bie” […]

Lisa Bullard

Focus Your Trip

When stu­dents set out to revise, a whole lot of dif­fer­ent things will all try to grab their atten­tion at once. Encour­age them to focus their atten­tion on a few key things each time.

Lisa Bullard

To Each Maker, Their Model

as often as I tell stu­dents that I pre­fer to wait until I can see the entire shape of a piece before I title it, there are always those who ask me—beg me, really—for per­mis­sion to write their title first.

Lisa Bullard

Writing around Roadblocks

I’ve tried to cre­ate a stim­u­lat­ing atmos­phere in my home office. Works of art by the illus­tra­tors of my pic­ture books adorn the walls. I have a Rain­bow Mak­er in the win­dow. There are bloom­ing plants and inspir­ing say­ings and a bas­ket of toys to play with. There are birds chirp­ing out­side the win­dow (even […]

Lisa Bullard

Driving Miss Daisy

When I was a kid, one of my neigh­bor­hood gang’s favorite sum­mer games was to “play chauf­feur.” We’d jump on our bikes and gath­er for shoptalk at chauf­feur head­quar­ters (a.k.a. the mid­dle of our qui­et side street). Then we’d race off in dif­fer­ent direc­tions to pick up mem­bers of the envi­ably wealthy and pam­pered (yet […]

Lisa Bullard

Traveling Back Through Time

One of my favorite pieces of writ­ing advice comes from author Faith Sul­li­van. I share it here for you to pass along to your stu­dents. When you are writ­ing about a story’s set­ting, don’t leave the read­er feel­ing like a dis­tant observ­er.

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Drive-by

When I vis­it­ed Los Ange­les not long after the 1992 riots, a home-town writer told me a sto­ry that made me feel what it was like to live there in those uncer­tain times. His dri­ve home passed a large police sta­tion. He was always on alert as he drove by; every­one thought there could be […]

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Fitting in with the Locals

The way we talk can be a dead give­away that we’re from elsewhere—Google the phrase “pop vs. soda,” and you’ll find col­or-cod­ed maps that divide the coun­try like elec­tion night results.